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Helping Children Prepare for Disasters

  • Synopsis: Published: 2011-08-17 - Preparing children for disasters resources for parents and teachers that can be used in the classroom or home. For further information pertaining to this article contact: FEMA.

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FEMA Website Helps Children Be Ready for Disasters...

As the beginning of the school year in Joplin approaches, the Federal Emergency Agency ( FEMA ) encourages everyone to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities. Even children.

Welcome to Ready Kids, a website packed with information and games to help kids and their families better prepare in the event of a disaster. Learn how to create an emergency kit, read the latest Ready Kids comic and meet the Mountain Lion Family to learn how they prepare for different situations. You can even graduate from Readiness U and get your very own certificate.

Go to www.ready.gov/kids/index.html to find out about different kinds of severe weather and learn the best way to keep you, your family and pets safe before danger happens. Read stories from other young people who have been through a disaster, or tell your own story. Discover what you might feel during and after such an incident. Learning about different kinds of disasters helps everyone become better prepared.

There are also resources for parents and teachers that can be used in the classroom or home.

Disasters aren't fun, but learning about them can be.

Another good source for learning about disaster preparedness can be found at www.discoveryeducation.com/readyclassroom. FEMA's Ready Campaign's Ready Classroom was awarded a 2010 BESSIE Awards from the ComputED Learning Center.

The Ready Classroom, an online resource designed in partnership with Discovery Education and The Advertising Council, won the award for Best Disaster Preparedness Web site. The Web site provides elementary and middle school educators with natural disaster preparedness resources and tips on how to integrate this critical information into their curriculum.

Additional information about National Preparedness Month is available at www.ready.gov and www.listo.gov and toll-free at 1-800-BE-READY, TTY 1-800-462-7585 and 1-888-SE-LISTO.

The U.S. Small Business Administration ( SBA ) is the federal government's primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts, and covers the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA disaster loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA ( 3362 ). Those with access or functional needs and who use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585; or use 711 or Video Relay Service ( VRS ) to call 1-800-621-3362.

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