The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced on Wednesday a program to increase readiness by youth for disaster preparedness.
The program, the National Strategy for Youth Preparedness Education: Empowering, Educating and Building Resilience, was developed in a partnership with the American Red Cross, the U.S. Department of Education and many other organizations.
“Children who learn about emergency preparedness experience less anxiety during an actual emergency or disaster,” FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said. “This National Strategy will encourage communities and organizations to give children and their families the information they need to prepare for disasters.”
Public Service Announcements (PSAs) developed by FEMA, Disney and the Ad Council will be made as a part of the program. The PSAs will use characters from the upcoming Disney film Big Hero Six to show young people how they can prepare for an emergency by making a plan, building a kit and knowing the facts.
In addition to the PSAs, the national strategy will focus on connecting young people with first responders in their community, increasing disaster preparedness in schools and implementing learning programs.