New Website: Ready Kids

Posted by on May 12, 2006

[posted from Public Education Network newsblast]


After more than a year of delays, the Department of Homeland Security says it plans to launch a preparedness program next month aimed at alerting and preparing children for natural disasters. The program, called Ready Kids, is scheduled to roll out with TV ads, school programs and other events. “Ready Kids is a tool for parents and teachers to use to be able to speak to their students and children about how to be prepared for any type of disaster,” said DHS spokeswoman Joanna Gonzalez. Gonzalez said the program will include age-appropriate activities and lessons on preparedness. FEMA, an agency within the DHS, already has a program preparing children for disasters. “FEMA for Kids” ( includes a pudgy and nervous-looking airplane leaking a trail of smoke, a hermit crab mascot named “Herman,” and a song with a rap beat: “Disaster ? it can happen anywhere, But we’ve got a few tips, so you can be prepared, For floods, tornadoes, or even a ‘quake, You’ve got to be ready — so your heart don’t break.

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