FEMA has released a new online educational program designed to provide elementary and middle school teachers with resources to integrate natural disaster preparedness information into their curriculum.
Ready Classroom (www.discoveryeducation.com/readyclassroom) provides teachers with activities, lesson plans and multimedia tools to teach students how natural disasters develop and how to build their own emergency preparedness plans with their families. The site features grade-specific lesson plans (K-8), videos, games, puzzles and bulletin board recommendations.
Engaging with children on the topic of emergency preparedness in conjunction with the science curriculum taught in schools is an effective way to bring home the preparedness message. This program . . . will empower children and families to take the important steps necessary to minimize the impact of a disaster and, ultimately, continue our efforts to encourage a culture of preparedness.
–Corey Gruber, Acting Deputy Administrator of FEMA’s National Preparedness Directorate.
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