Ready Army helps children prepare for emergencies
Story by: Katherine Rosario
1st Inf. Div. Post
Ready Army helps the military community by giving them tools to be better prepared in an emergency. Now, Ready Army also caters to children to help them learn about emergencies and how to respond.
The website, www.ready.gov, has activity sheets and guides designed especially for young children to help them learn how to get a kit, make a plan and be informed during emergencies.
During emergencies, children can become scared if they do not know what is going on or how to respond, said Erik Stewart, Installation Emergency Management specialist.
By helping children prepare a kit and learn a specific evacuation route and meeting place they may feel better prepared during a true emergency, he said.
When making a kit, have children learn what is in the kit, like nonperishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, matches, maps, toiletries and medications.
Having them put activity books such as coloring books and crossword puzzles into the kit can be their way of contributing.
Websites such as www.ready.gov/kids provide kid-friendly activities to help them learn how to prepare for a disaster.
The site helps children set up a Family disaster plan with their parents that shows a drawing of how to get out of the house in the event of an emergency and a specific location to meet up.
"Both the FEMA site and the Ready.gov site will give the kids a certificate when they complete a series of online activities," Stewart said.
The Sesame Street website, www.sesamestreet.org/ready helps younger children learn how to prepare for emergencies through games and videos.
"The Sesame Street site is good because the kids can relate to nationally known characters," Stewart said. "It has lots of good information that teaches children how to prepare without creating unnecessary fear or talking over their heads."
For more information, visit www.ready.gov.
Last Updated: 05/29/2013 10:14 AM