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FEMA Web Site Helps Keiki Prepare for Natural Disaster

Rycah Zamora Rycah Zamora
Jazmine Lamoya Jazmine Lamoya
Souad Salameh Souad Salameh
Austin Riley Austin Riley

By Cindy Cha

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Going through a natural disaster is hard for anyone but it can be really bad for kids. That's why a national Web site is helping children prepare for disasters before they strike.

The first step in helping children prepare for a disaster is to have them plan an emergency kit. The Web site shows the contents of that kit and also provides information in a way, children will enjoy, while they learn.

These Puuhale Elementary School students know the drills.

"For fire drills, we have to go to a safer place and earthquakes drills, we go under a desk or something," said student Rycah Zamora.

But what about a severe storm or other natural disaster, would they know what to do?

"No," said Zamora.

"No," said Anestasia Sepety, another student.

So when children's lives are disrupted by a disaster, how would they feel?

"Scared and like frightened and not knowing what to do," said Jazmine Lamoya.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency understands. That's why it created FEMA for Kids, a Web site that provides fun stories and games, that not only teaches them how to prepare for a natural disaster but also helps them calm their fears.

"It makes it really fun and light for kids to be involved in the preparedness aspect and basically gives the children confidence that they can actually put together these plans and help their parents and picking out certain things when they're putting together their emergency kit," said Veronica Verde, of FEMA.

The more informed they are, the better prepared they are for a disaster.

"Before a hurricane strikes, I would probably get all the things I need," said Souad Salameh.

"I feel more confident, I'm prepared for this and I know that I'll be safe," said Austin Riley.

The Web site also has a library link for ordering free posters, videos and other items for children.

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