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ICE Cards for Kids

Looking for a way to make disaster preparedness fun for kids? Check out the new PSA from Save the Children and 20th Century Fox featuring characters from the upcoming movie Ice Age: Collision Course ! The children's rights organization and film distributor recently teamed up to encourage parents to create In Case of Emergency (ICE) cards for their children so families can quickly reunite after a disaster.

Make an ICE card with phone numbers of family and friends you can call in case of an emergency. Print the free cards at home, put one copy in your child's bag, and keep another copy for yourself.

Disasters can strike when you least expect them. Plan ahead to stay connected to those you love. Create your ICE card today !


Room for Safety

Safe rooms are a good way to protect you and your family or employees from hurricanes or tornadoes. Having a safe room for your home or business can help provide “near-absolute protection” from injury or death caused by the dangerous forces of extreme winds.

Are you interested in building a safe room for your home or small business? Download FEMA P-320 Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room For Your Home or Small Business , and FEMA P-361 Safe Rooms for Tornadoes and Hurricanes: Guidance for Community and Residential Safe Rooms . These publications help home or small business owners assess their risk and determine the best safe room for their needs.

To learn more about safe rooms, visit . You can also check out this list of FAQs .

If a safe room in not available during a hurricane, the best protective action is to evacuate before the hurricane makes landfall. Otherwise, seek the best available shelter:

  • Go to a small, interior, windowless room such as a closet or bathroom on the lowest level of a sturdy building; for a hurricane, make sure the room is not subject to flooding;
  • Cover yourself with any materials that may provide protection from debris, such as cushions, a sleeping bag, or a blanket; and
  • Kneel down and bend over into a ball, and cover your head and neck with your arms.

To learn more about how to protect yourself and your family during severe weather, visit the America's PrepareAthon! website .


Ready Where You Are: Disaster Kit Storage

You never know where you'll be when an emergency occurs, so it's a good idea to be ready wherever you are. That means preparing supplies for your home, work, and vehicle.

The Ready Campaign has information about creating a disaster supply kit for each location .

For your home:

  • Create a kit containing enough food, water, and supplies to last at least three days; and
  • Keep the kit in a designated place and make sure family members know where it is.

For your work:

  • Be prepared to shelter in place for at least 24 hours;
  • Include food, water, and other necessities like medicines in your kit. Keep the kit in one container and be ready to grab and go; and
  • Have comfortable walking shoes in case an evacuation requires walking long distances.

For your vehicle:

  • Include jumper cables, flashlights, clothing, and a first aid kit; and
  • Consider having a fully charged cell phone and phone charger, flares, baby formula, and diapers if you have a small child.

Last Call: Applications for FEMA Region V Youth Preparedness Council

FEMA Region V is still accepting applications for its Regional Youth Preparedness Council. If you know a student in grades 8 – 11 who is making a difference in his or her community's disaster preparedness, encourage him or her to apply. The FEMA Region V Youth Preparedness Council has similar goals as the national FEMA Youth Preparedness Council, but consists solely of representatives from the states within Region V's area of responsibility: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Applications must be received by June 30, 2016 11:59 p.m. CDT. Download an application form today!

The FEMA Region V Youth Preparedness Council is a unique opportunity for youth leaders to make a difference in their communities while sharing their opinions, experiences, ideas, solutions, and questions on youth disaster preparedness with the regional leadership of FEMA.

Region V Youth Preparedness Council members fill three roles while on the Council:

  • Project planners : The cornerstone of Council members' service is the self-selected local projects they are required to complete during their one-year tenure on the Council.
  • Ambassadors for youth preparedness : Council members spread the word about the importance of youth preparedness in their local communities and on a regional scale.
  • Liaison to FEMA on the youth perspective : The members of the Council have a fantastic opportunity to meet with FEMA and its partner organizations to share their insights, opinions, and unique perspective on FEMA's efforts and initiatives and those of others.

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