There are many sites that provide information on disaster preparedness, and being informed is definitely a critical first step. In fact, Ready.gov tells us to “Prepare. Plan. Stay informed.” But I’m wondering today if that Is where responsibility ends or begins?
In a shrinking world, we not only have immediate access to images of the aftermath of a natural disaster, but we may also watch surreal scenes unfold in realtime. Our hearts go out to those affected, but there can be a feeling of disconnectedness and unreality. After a natural disaster, whether I’m personally affected or not, what actions could I potentially take as a responsible citizen? How might one student or one classroom make a difference? This is not a day I have answers; it’s day when I have questions for us to ponder.
⁃Home Safety Council: http://www.homesafetycouncil.org/index.asp
⁃National Disaster Education Coalition: http://www.disastereducation.org/
⁃FEMA for Kids: http://www.fema.gov/kids/
⁃Children, Stress and Natural Disasters: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/disaster/teacher/teacher.html
⁃USGS (Earthquakes) http://earthquake.usgs.gov/
⁃Discovery TV Stormchasers: http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/storm-chasers/
Debbie Perkins is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center.