During emergency and disaster situations, it is important for children to be prepared to effectively respond. FEMA offers a free, interactive independent study course online that children can take advantage of before disaster strikes.
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The course, IS-366: Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters, includes seven helpful lessons. The four-hour course teaches emergency managers and program implementers how to help children mitigate, prepare, respond, and recover from disasters. Participants will also learn how to create, update, or revise an emergency operations plan for their community or organization to effectively address the unique needs of children in disasters. FEMA also included in the course a PDF-downloadable resources toolkit.
At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to create, update, or revise an Emergency Operations Plan for your community or organization to effectively address the unique needs of children in disasters.
The target audience for this course is local and state emergency managers and planners. Other individuals or groups that may benefit from taking this course include those directly involved with meeting the needs of children, such as the following:
- Judges and other members of the State, county, and local governmental legal system
- Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOADs), faith-based organizations, and other non-profits
- Child service agencies
- Child care providers
For more information, visit https://www.training.fema.gov.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.
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