"Our national preparedness is the shared responsibility of all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and individual citizens. Everyone can contribute to safeguarding the nation from harm."
- From the Presidential Policy Directive 8 / PPD-8: National Preparedness
FEMA, the U.S. Department of Education, and the American Red Cross are working together to finalize a strategy for mobilizing communities across the country to help promote youth preparedness education. The National Strategy for Youth Preparedness Education: Empowering, Educating and Building Resilience is a call to our nation to educate youth about actions that they and their families can take to protect their safety and well-being - and that of their communities - when emergencies or disasters threaten or strike. With such education, our nation's youth can help prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies or disasters. Furthermore, the prepared youth of today can become the resourceful adults of the future.
The challenge we all share is to engage and empower youth and their families in becoming current and future generations of prepared citizens. The National Strategy is the critical next step in meeting that challenge.
Please join us in working to prepare our nation's children for the significant challenges that lie ahead. Become a partner today by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include information about your role in youth preparedness in the body of the email. Please also join the National Preparedness Community to participate in the conversation on youth preparedness and to learn about the various youth preparedness initiatives taking place across the country.
Implementing a nationwide movement to support youth preparedness requires the dedication of an array of key partners. Read through the below list of youth preparedness program partners, and visit their websites to explore additional youth preparedness tools, materials, and curricula.
- American Red Cross (ARC) developed the Masters of Disaster curriculum to provide a series of ready-to-go lesson plans to help organizations educate youth about important disaster safety and preparedness topics.
- The Nation's Capital developed the Emergency Preparedness Patch Program, created in partnership with FEMA's Citizen Corps, to teach Girls Scouts to identify risks and prepare themselves and their families for potential emergencies or disasters. The program also teaches about the various coping techniques to adopt after an emergency or disaster, and it connects participants with local community service agencies to promote the message of preparedness.
- Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) offers a wealth of educational resources intended to empower communities with knowledge on how to safeguard homes and families from natural and man-made emergencies or disasters. Additionally, their StormStruck: Tale of Two Homes interactive weather experience, viewable at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to play disaster safety games. The aligned StormStruck: Tale of Two Homes Scholarship Program provides scholarships for students seeking academic degrees in subjects related to disaster mitigation.
- Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools comes from the Department of Education's Office of Safety and Healthy Students’ (OSHS) Center for School Preparedness (CSP) and provides support, resources, and training to facilitate school emergency management efforts.
- Ready Kids is a youth-focused website, created by FEMA, that offers games and learning activities on emergency preparedness for kids of all ages. The website also offer tips and activities for parents and educators on engaging their youth on emergency preparedness.
- Risk Watch is a school-based curriculum developed by the National Fire Protection Association and is intended as the first comprehensive injury-prevention and natural hazard preparation program available for use in schools.
- Save the Children is an organization dedicated to the well-being of youth internationally. One of their several initiatives involves protecting vulnerable children during and in the aftermath of a disaster.
- ShakeOut was created by FEMA to promote earthquake safety and encourage people to conduct earthquake-training drills in their homes, offices, or schools.
- Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) is a toolkit, developed by the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, that teaches 4th and 5th grade students what to do in emergency situations, and empowers students to implement life-saving preparedness initiatives in their homes.
Download the Catalogue of Youth Disaster Preparedness Education Resources for a compete list of registered youth preparedness programs nationwide.