Youth Preparedness- Teaching them to be Ready!
Youth Preparedness – Teach them to be ready!
We talk a lot about what we can do as adults to prepare for the unexpected. When it comes to natural disasters, it is important that everyone understand why it is so important to be ready…even kids and teens! Each year an estimated 66.5 million children are affected by some type of natural disaster. In 2012, FEMA developed the Youth Preparedness Council to engage young leaders interested in supporting disaster preparedness. This year FEMA, the Department of Education and the American Red Cross held a National Summit on Youth Preparedness. The summit focused on how schools can help promote preparedness, how students best learn preparedness skills and how different countries around the world are helping youth prepare and respond to various emergency and disaster situations. So, what can you do at home to help your children be better prepared? There are some great resources at Ready.gov and Youth.gov to help you get started. Everything from planning and fact sheets to fun, interactive games for kids are at your fingertips. At SERVPRO of Mobile County, our storm team understands the importance of proper preparation. We hope you too will take a little time to make sure you are adequately prepared and “ready for whatever happens”.