Conference Date
Texas: Irving, TX | June 25-26 | East: Herndon, VA | July 19-20
West: Pasadena, CA | July 31-August 1

Teaching and Promoting Emergency Preparedness to Students

Thursday, July 13, 2017 | 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Allison Carlock

Emergency Management Specialist
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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Schools must ensure student safety in the event of an emergency or disaster, and they are also uniquely positioned to reach youth with preparedness messages. This makes it critical that administrators and educators know how to prepare children before a disaster occurs and that they know how to address signs of trauma afterwards.

This interactive presentation will share resources and tools for schools and discuss the importance of youth preparedness, communicating clearly about disasters and preparedness with children and identifying signs of trauma to implement appropriate coping strategies. In addition, the speaker will walk attendees through parts of FEMA’s Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) program. This will enable attendees to use the program’s instructor guide, ready-to-teach lesson materials and activities and STEP It Up with the Disaster Dodgers video series. The session will then conclude with information for individuals or schools that are starting or running youth preparedness programs, including how to get direct support through the FEMA Youth Preparedness Technical Assistance Center.

Learning Objective 1: Attendees will be able to identify examples of programs and resources available for teaching preparedness to students and ways their school can promote youth preparedness.

Learning Objective 2: Attendees will be able to identify the effect disasters can have on children and learn how to recognize and mitigate those effects.

Learning Objective 3: Attendees will better understand how children can impact school and community emergency preparedness.