We felt it would be helpful to share resources with you regarding emergency preparedness given the heartbreaking disaster in Japan. Some children may have seen pictures or heard adults talking about this disaster.
One way to reassure children is to emphasize helping others in need as well as provide simple ways to be prepared in the event of an unexpected emergency. Grover and Elmo from Sesame Street are two great characters to help with this! Or look to Rabbit and Turtle to help with earthquake preparedness!
Practicing simple actions and reciting important safety information such as a child's full name, address and phone number will help keep your preschoolers and their families safe.
The Public Education Staff of the Seattle Fire Department
Simple messages and fun activitiescan help preschoolers and their families be ready for emergency situations. Like firefighters, kids can practice being safe! Do your students know their full name, address and phone numbers? Grover and Elmo from Sesame Street help make getting ready for emergencies fun, including what to pack in a kid sized emergency kit. Download handouts or watch the video from their website.
Grover and Elmo Get Ready
To address earthquake safety, Seattle's Office of Emergency Management has a quakesafe coloring book to help children practice Stop, Cover and Hold along with Rabbit and Turtle . Familiar animals help make earthquake safety a fun topic.
Family Emergency Kit!
Seattle's Office of Emergency Management also provides a simple two page Family Plan and Emergency Kit for you to share with parents of your preschoolers. It is a great way for parents to reinforce what preschoolers learn in the classroom.
New safety activity weblinks
We are always looking for additional activities that teach children simple ways to be safe. Here are two interactive online games your preschoolers may enjoy.
or teachers can use together to learn what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. As children help Mikey escape, they learn what to do. The game can be played numerous times, as just in real life, different things may happen!
I Spot Something Hot!To help preschoolers learn what things are hot ... or not, the Home Safety Council created a musical gameshow that asks kids to choose whether an item is hot or not.
Check it out and see if you find it a winner for your classroom.
Visiting the Fire Station
Help your children blossom safely this spring with a visit to your local fire station! We are now accepting requests for May and June firefighter visits and station tours. As a reminder, we do require a minimum of four weeks advance notice in order to schedule a firefighter visit or station tour so be sure to plan ahead. Firefighters are always "in service" during tours and visits, so watch out for flashing red lights and sirens if they have to leave!
Preschoolers love animals and the Seattle Fire Department has a special fire investigation dog named Henny! Henny is a female black lab so if you choose to make an all black dog with a brown pompom nose, you'll have Seattle's firedog. However, the traditional dalmation mascot is fine as well...Let your kids choose!
Captain Steve Baer and Hennyat the Seattle Fire Department are a team that help to determine the reason a fire started. Fire dogs save time and resources by helping fire investigators process the scene faster and more efficiently. What might take an hour without a dog will probably take only minutes with a trained dog!