When a disaster happens, your kids need to know how to react and they need to know what to do. A parent or a guardian may not be around or they may be injured. Here are five organizations that prep kids and their caregivers for disasters and emergencies.
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1. HandsOn Network
The HandsOn Network volunteer centers provide valuable resources and motivation for youth preparedness around the country. The website can help you locate a HandsOn Network Action Center in your area. (handsonnetwork.org; 404-979-2900)
2. Youth Service America
Youth Service America offers a variety of programs that not only get kids and youths involved in their communities, but also helps them becomes aware and how to prep for natural disasters. (ysa.org; 202-296-2992)
3. Save The Children
The “Get Ready, Get Safe” program is designed to help communities prepare and protect children. It includes child-focused emergency plans, training and resources. (savethechildren.org; 800-728-3843)
4. American Red Cross
Your local chapter of the American Red Cross offers youths and young adults age-appropriate preparedness materials and training. A free app teaches kids to prepare for real-life emergencies through a fun and engaging online game. (redcross.org; 800-733-2767)
This resourceful website has online tools and games to make the survival learning experience enjoyable and rewarding as well as educational. In Disaster Master, kids help a team of super heroes make the right decisions through lessons on wildfires, tornados, hurricanes, blackouts, home fires, winter storms, tsunamis, earthquakes, thunder storms, lighting and more. (ready.gov)
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This article was originally published in the SURVIVOR’S EDGE™ Fall 2015 edition. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.