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    Course Name
    Grade Level
    Time Span
    Student Tools for Emergency Planning The Student Tools for Emergency Planning program, known as STEP, is a simple and effective preparedness education project developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). STEP is designed to educate  fifth-graders on the importance of preparing for emergencies and provide students with the knowledge to help their families prepare. FEMA Middle School Base lesson: 1 hour. Supplemental lessons: approximately 1 class period Complete lesson: video, handouts, worksheets, certificate of achievement
    Bug Out! Get the Facts on Germs Bug Out! Get the Facts on Germs is designed to help children, parents, teachers and caregivers learn about the importance of illness prevention and control. It is a unique program that features in-class and at-home activities for topics including how bacteria and viruses are spread, hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, when and why to stay home when you are sick, immunization, and influenza pandemic preparedness. Canadian Red Cross Different curriculum for grades K-8 Approximately 2-3 hours Activity booklet
    READY Class READY Class provides students with training to help them prevent and be better prepared for emergency situations that may happen in their home, school, or community. It provides middle and high school youth with the basic skills to handle their own needs and then to respond to the needs of others. It also includes education to develop resiliency, leadership, and connections to emergency response organizations. Upon completion of READY Class, students are recognized as members of their school or youth organization's READY Club or Student Emergency Response Team. Ready classes are a modification of the summer camp experience. 3-day classes are offered for middle school and 2-day classes for high school students. It is offered in an interactive format that includes activities such as mock disaster scenarios. Center for School, Youth, and Citizen Preparedness K-12 2 Days Seminars and hands on activities
    Ready New York:  Kids The New York City Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Education have created two fun-filled, interactive guides — one for elementary school kids, the other for students in middle and high schools. NYC OEM K-5 and Middle/High School Approximately a day. Has a lot of take home things; plans, go bags, etc. Activity book style 
    Ready Kids Youth Emergency Preparedness Curriculum Emergency preparedness curriculum for grades 1-12 that teaches kids what to do before, during, and after an emergency while fostering critical 21st-century skills such as problem solving, teamwork, creativity, leadership, and communication. FEMA 1st-12th Varies depending on grade level. 3 lessons divided into 2-5 class periods. Complete lessons with handouts, project-based and cross-curricular
    Mickey and Friends Disaster Preparedness Activity Book This activity book features Mickey and Friends characters, games and activities to teach kids interesting facts about disasters and tips on how to get prepared and feel safer as a result. Kids learn what to do before, during and after each  disaster and then  use that knowledge in a fun game such as a puzzle, word search or maze.The digital activity book also guides kids through putting together a disaster supplies kit and safety plan and includes helpful preparedness notes for parents. After completing the activity book, kids  get a “Safety Certificate.”  American Red Cross Sparky is the mascot of the NFPA. This site focuses on fire prevention education for kids, with games to reinforce the message. Nation Fire Protection Administration Elementary  N/A Interactive web-based
    NOAA The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has designed fun activities for kids to explore the planet they live on, including hazardous weather. These activities are linked from the NOAA education webpage and are tailored for children grades K-5 and for grades 6-12. NOAA K-12 N/A Interactive web-based
    Get Ready with Freddie The nonprofit Home Safety Council and its partners, working  with Weekly Reader Custom Publishing, provide the Get Ready with Freddie! disaster preparedness education program, designed to help children and their families learn how to plan a response for emergency situations.
    Home Safety Council Elementary  2-3 hours Activity Book
    Let’s Get Ready! Planning Together for Emergencies Sesame Workshop, along with its project partners has created Let’s Get Ready! Planning Together for Emergencies with tips, activities, and other easy tools to help the whole family prepare for emergencies – together! Sesame Street Pre-K N/A Activity Book
    The Day the Earth Shook This project was commissioned by the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF) and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to demonstrate a new educational approach for children to learn effective disaster preparedness and response strategies. The simulation focuses on preparing for an earthquake, such as one that could occur along the New Madrid or Wabash Valley Seismic Zones in southern Illinois. IEMA Middle School Video game
    Ready Houston Ready Houston offers classroom lessons, take-home materials and a traveling performance for kindergarten through fifth grade students at no cost. Each element serves to reinforce the core message: Make a plan, build a kit, stay informed. The lessons were designed so educators can modify to suit their class. Several different lessons are included for each grade level that can be used in part for a one-day activity or as a complete unit over several days.   City of Houston Mayor's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security K-5   Approximately 3-4 hours Full courses: lectures, activites, songs, projects, etc.
    Youth Preparedness: Implementing a Community-Based Program Emergencies can happen at any time and often without warning. While emergency personnel do their best to quickly respond to emergencies, it could take time for them to arrive on the scene. The best way to help citizens be safer during an emergency is to help them prepare before one occurs. Children comprise approximately 25 percent of our population and are the future of our communities. They can play an important role during emergencies, but many programs do not consider children in their planning. It is important that children know what to do in an emergency and that all disaster planning, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts include children’s unique needs and assets. Establishing a youth preparedness program in your community is an involved effort, but there are many resources available that can help your organization implement one. FEMA resources to establish a community-based program 
    Handwashing:  Clean Hands Save Lives The Centers for Disease Control has numerous posters, short videos, and podcasts pertaining to the importance of handwashing. CDC K-12 N/A Posters, videos, podcasts
    Scrub Club The Scrub Club program is  an interactive and educational  site  that teaches children the proper way to wash their hands. It consists of a Webisode, interactive games, educational music, downloadable activities for kids, educational materials for teachers and program information for parents. American Red Cross K-12 N/A Posters 
    BAM! Body and Mind Designed for kids 9-13 years old, BAM! gives them the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices. BAM! Body and Mind also serves as an aid to teachers, providing them with interactive, educational, and fun activities that are linked to national education standards for science and health. Centers for Disease Control Middle School-Junior High There are numerous activities listed; each takes approxiamtely 30 minutes-1 hour Activities
    Fight BAC! The Partnership for Food Safety Education is a non-profit organization committed to being a key resource for parents and educators with programming, ideas, and fun activities for kids that teach them about the basics of safe food handling.  This page provides links to curricula for all ages - from pre-K through high school - community activities, as well as links to download the new Perfect Picnic iPhone game for kids. Partnership for Food Safety Education K-3, 4-8, and 9-12 K-3: Approxiamtely 1 day games, curricula Florida Division of Emergency Management has an interactive website for kids with three storybooks, free downloads and games.  Florida Division of EM 1st-3rd, plus high school video contest N/A Storybooks, interactive games, High School student video contest
    Teen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Teen CERT provides basic CERT training to students in their high schools. The program gives students emergency and leadership skills, creates an emergency response asset for schools, creates an avenue to deliver the preparedness message to teens’ families and parents, creates a culture of preparedness among tomorrow’s community leaders, and promotes connection to local sponsoring agencies, including the fire department, law enforcement, and emergency management. FEMA 7th-12th 20-30 Hours 9 units, each with goals and learning objectives. At the end of the course, teens participate in a disaster drill. 
    American Red Cross and FEMA: Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book This coloring and activity book is designed for adults and children to work together to learn about fire, earthquakes, floods, tornados and other disasters, as well as how to protect themselves by creating family communications plans and emergency kits. FEMA/ARC Elementary  N/A Activity Book
    Get Ready! A Disaster Preparedness Activity Book This activity book features stories, mazes, crosswords puzzles and other activities to help teach students and their families how to prepare for and stay safe during disasters and emergencies. It was produced as a cooperative efforts between the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Illinois Terrorism Task Force, and the Center for Public Safety and Justice. Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Univ. of IL Center for Public Safety and Justice Elementary  School N/A Activity Books