April 7th, 2008 02:09 EST
Become a Disaster Action Kid
Play games, enjoy stories, do puzzles, go through mazes, watch videos - welcome to FEMA for Kids, the Web site that is all fun and games…sort of. Underneath all the fun is a lot of good information that makes kids and their families better prepared in the event of a disaster. You can even become a Disaster Action Kid and get your very own certificate to hang on the wall!
FEMA for Kids is presented by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Go to www.fema.gov and click on Kids. Meet Herman the spokescrab and tag along on his search for a disaster-proof shell. You'll also meet Julia and Robbie, the Disaster Twins. Wherever these two go, trouble is sure to follow. Watch brother and sister get into - and out of - all sorts of close calls, learning along the way how to be better prepared, or how to avoid danger altogether.
The Web site shows disasters come in many shapes and sizes. Some are predictable -- like a hurricane. Some, like a tornado, can surprise us. Leaning about the different kinds of disasters will help us all be better prepared. Learn the best way to keep safe, and keep your family and pets safe, as you do what you like to do best - have fun!
Find out about disaster kits and learn what you need before the danger happens. Discover what you might feel during and after such an incident. Read stories from other young people your age who have been through a disaster, or tell your own story. FEMA for Kids is a tool for recovery as well as preparedness. There are even resources for parents and teachers. They can get great curriculum or safety information that can be used in the classroom or at home.
Disasters aren't fun, but learning about them can be. Plus, there's that cool certificate to hang on your wall. Give it a try, kids. Mom and dad can try too. You're never too old to be a kid…a Disaster Action Kid.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.