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Thursday, April 17, 2008

"Fema for kids"- teaching how to be prepared for disasters!

Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA is in charge of helping people before and after a disaster. FEMA is called in to help when the President declares a disaster. Disasters are "declared" after hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes or other similar events strike a community. The Governor of the state must ask for help from the President before FEMA can respond.

FEMA workers help disaster victims find a place to stay if their homes were damaged or destroyed.
FEMA also helps repair homes and works with city officials to fix public buildings that have been damaged.

FEMA helps people BEFORE a disaster so they will be ready. FEMA teaches people how to prepare for a disaster and how to make their homes as safe as possible. FEMA works with communities to help them build safer, stronger buildings that are less likely to be damaged. FEMA also trains firefighters and emergency workers, and runs a flood insurance program. FEMA is part of the EXECUTIVE BRANCH, which means it reports to the President of the United States.

Fema for kids teaches you to be prepared for disasters and prevent disaster damage.

You can also learn what causes disasters, play games, read stories and become a Disaster Action Kid.
Parents and teachers page has activities, curriculum and safety information you can use in the classroom or at home!

* Disaster web sites
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1 comment:

  1. Preventing Forest Fires

    It is very important to prepare for both building fires and wild fires. Wild fires can be very dangerous, especially when you live in a forest area or anywhere near it. These fires are sometimes started by lightning or by accident. They can move very fast and burn many acres. Remember, if there is a wildfire near you and your family is told to evacuate -- go right away! Here are some of the things to be aware of:

    • One of the most important things to remember is that your house should have a working smoke detector, a device designed to alarm when there is a fire. Look around your house to see if you have a smoke detector on every floor in the house, if you don’t , your house might not be as safe as it should be. Get help from a parent or adult to check if all of your smoke detectors are working. Also check to see if your family has a working fire extinguisher.

    • Always be aware of weather forecasts. Now, weather forecasts are reliable for only a few days, and long-range forecasting is still unreliable. The amount of snowfall that occurs during the winter can indicate how dry the forests may be at the start of a fire season, but this usually changes after the spring rains. Still, keep a watch out on these fires!

    • One of the most important things is to have a plan.Your family should have a fire plan of how to escape from your house if it is on fire.

    • STAY LOW to the ground where the smoke is not so heavy.

    • NEVER hide during a fire. Always get out. And once you are out, stay out.

    • DO NOT go back for a toy. Tell an adult if there is a person left behind in the burning house.

    “Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses PREVENT them.” Quoted by Albert Einstein


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