Friday, August 21, 2009

Headed back to school? New guide offers tips for teaching about emergencies

As summer winds down, everyone knows what comes next: back-to-school season. During this exciting yet anxiety-riddled time of year, students aren’t the only ones who are stressed. Teachers, too, can have a rough time of it as they review class lists and prepare lesson plans.

To help equip teachers for the start of the school year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has added a new feature to its Ready campaign that provides tips and materials for including disaster preparedness in the classroom. Created in partnership with Discovery Education and the Ad Council, Ready Classroom focuses on three steps for emergency preparedness: (1) preparing an emergency supply kit; (2) making an emergency plan; and (3) learning about types of emergencies specific to an area.

Ready Classroom provides teachers with a variety of grade- and age-specific tools such as games, puzzles, bulletin board ideas and videos , ranging from learning how to call 9-1-1 to discovering how an earthquake works. Another great resource is an interactive map where selecting a state reveals the natural disasters most likely to occur in a region along with links to information on preparing for those types of disaster.

Thanks to this new resource, teaching students about emergency preparedness and protecting them from emergencies just got easier.

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1 comment:

Stacy said...

Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month?

I thought you might be interested in sharing these additional tools from the Ready campaign with your readers:

Here is a widget you can embed on your blog that contains links to news and resources from this campaign:

Here is an online interactive emergency family planning tool: