My New York City Office of Emergency Management “Tip-Of-The-Week” email tipped me off to some interactive web preparedness games the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has created to help teach children how to prepare for emergencies. They can be found on the Ready Kids website and the Ready New York For Kids site. The games include: Make A Plan Crossword, Go Bag Memory Game, Emergency Hidden Treasures, and Ready Word Search. I think they’re fun and informative for adults as well.
Also on the DHS Ready Kids is a cute National Preparedness Month song written by teachers and students of Parks Elementary School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma:
(Sung to the tune of “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain”)
Oh, September is the month to get prepared/For emergencies at home or anywhere/So now get your act together/Be prepared for stormy weather/Oh, September is the month to get prepared.
Know some basic stuff goes in your disaster kit/So be sure to make a list and don’t forget/Make your family plans together/Be prepared for any weather/Oh, September is the month to get prepared.
You need tools and food and water for 3 days/Also, radio, flashlight batteries for your stay/Grab your first aid kit and some clothes to wear/Don’t forget your underwear!/Oh, September is the month to get prepared.
Oh, September is the month to get prepared/You will know just what to do and not be scared./So let’s get our kits together/We’re prepared for stormy weather/Cause September is the month to be prepared.