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Between classes, testing, and ever-changing requirements, educators know that bringing disaster readiness into the classroom can be challenging. That’s why FEMA educational resources were designed with flexibility in mind.

These resources are appropriate for students from pre-kindergarten to high school. Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP), for grades four and five, and Teen Community Emergency Response Team (Teen CERT), for high school, include lesson plans that can be expanded and adapted for core classes and electives. Other resources on this page can be used in class and free time to begin engaging students in emergency preparedness. Embedded with real-world connections, these multidisciplinary lessons teach what to do before, during, and after an emergency while fostering critical 21st-century skills such as problem solving, teamwork, creativity, leadership, and communication.

More Materials for the Classroom

There’s always more you can learn about preparedness! Find more materials for the classroom here.

Prepare with Pedro Activity Book Cover showing Pedro putting together an emergency supply kit

Prepare with Pedro

The Prepare with Pedro: Disaster Preparedness Activity Book, a joint product of FEMA and the American Red Cross, is designed to teach young children and their families about how to stay safe during disasters and emergencies. The book follows Pedro around the United States and offers safety advice alongside crosswords, coloring pages, matching games, and more. It is available in six languages.

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Ready 2 Help card game stack with the Stay Safe card face up explaining to get to a safe place if you are in danger

Ready 2 Help

Ready 2 Help is a card game that helps youth ages 8 and up understand how they can help in emergency situations. In this game, players respond to emergencies by following five simple steps to stay safe and make a difference until help arrives: Stay safe, stay calm, get help, give info, and give care.

Download and print the game and companion book now or order free copies today!

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Tornado and thunderstorm weather occurring on land

Disaster Facts

Help your students learn how to prepare before, during, and after emergencies. 

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More Resources for Teachers

More resources to help youth and schools prepare are available across FEMA and from partners, like the Department of Education. Explore more below.

Last Updated: 03/08/2021