Disaster Preparedness Education Program

About the Program

LEARN and the American Red Cross is committed to helping the youth become better prepared for a disaster or emergency. We work closely with schools, scout groups, and youth-serving organizations to raise awareness of disaster risk and build resiliency among young people. Our age-appropriate preparedness materials and trainings educate youth with engaging activities and easy action steps. Each program presentation has individual lesson plans for Grades K-2nd; Grades 3rd-5th; Grades 6th-8th; Grades 9th-12th.

Lessons are enjoyable and interactive, ensuring that the youth are having fun while internalizing important life skills though building capabilities in Mathematics, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science. Masters of Disaster can be used to help reduce the youth's anxiety about unknown aspects of disasters and tragic events. They will also gain confidence to deal successfully with life's unexpected turns.

Every participant will have information handouts and activities to take home!

Schedule/Register

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This program does not require registration for each scheduled class.  We will have a registration link open for upcoming classes for us to better prepare for the amount of participants, however, if you do not register, you are still welcome to attend!


For upcoming classes, click on the "Events" tab.


To schedule a class at your church, school or youth organization, call/text our office at (409) 679-7367 or email learntx@yahoo.com.

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Class Descriptions

Be Disaster Safe

Class Description: This class will provide the youth with knowledge of the disaster cycle; provide disaster safety instruction on making disaster plans and building disaster supplies kits; help the youth learn how to prepare for disasters, stay safe and help others during and after a disaster.

Time Frame: 30 – 45 minutes


Earthquakes

Class Description: This class will provide the youth with accurate information about earthquakes and earthquake safety to ensure they will be able to act safely and calmly should one occur; teach how and why earthquakes occur; help youth learn how to prepare for an earthquake appropriately, to stay safe, and to help others during and after one.

Time Frame: 30 – 45 minutes


Facing Fear

Class Description: This class will address tough questions about terrorism, war and pandemic flu and reduce the youth's anxiety about future events by teaching them how to prepare for and to respond to unexpected events; provide the youth with accurate information about terrorism, war and flu pandemic; provide an understanding to students of who helps in times of war and discuss the Geneva Conventions and International Humanitarian Law (Grades 6-8); provide the youth with an awareness of plans in place to help make everyone more secure and warn of any terrorism act; provide the youth with an understanding that there are things they can do every day to prevent the spread of disease, even during a pandemic..

Time Frame: 30 – 45 minute


Fire Prevention and Safety

Class Description: This class will provide the youth with accurate information about fires and how they occur to help them prevent harmful fires from occurring; teach how to be prepared for a potential fire; help the youth learn how to respond if a fire does occur in the home or any structure.

Time Frame: 30 – 45 minutes


Floods

Class Description: This class will provide the youth with accurate information about floods and what causes them; teach the youth the difference between a flood and a flash flood; create an understanding of safe behavior before, during and after a flood.

Time Frame: 30 – 45 minutes


Home Safety

Class Description: This class will provide the youth with an understanding of safe behavior in and out of the home; help the youth figure out and internalize ways to prevent accidents at home; provide a basic understanding of body systems to illustrate how injuries happen and how to avoid burns, breathing emergencies, slips, trips, falls and poisoning for both the students and families; create safer home environments through this safety education.

Time Frame: 30 – 45 minutes


Hurricanes

Class Description: This class will help the youth gain an understanding of the nature of and correct response to hurricanes; reduce anxiety about future events by teaching them how to prepare for, and respond to, hurricanes; provide the youth with accurate information about hurricanes to ensure they will be able to act safely and calmly should one occur; create an understanding of how hurricanes form and the overall impact that one can have on a community; teach the youth the safe actions to take when a hurricane Watch or Warning occurs.

Time Frame: 30 – 45 minutes


In the Aftermath

Class Description: This class will help the youth recover from a disaster if one happens; reduce anxiety about the future by helping them learn how to cope with the changes brought about in times of disaster and begin to recover and help build the community back better; help the youth with the understanding of the impact of a disaster; help the youth express feelings and focus on positive memories and encourage them to maintain an optimistic viewpoint; teach the youth that coping with change will be easier if they get back into set routines.

Time Frame: 30 – 45 minutes


Lightning

Class Description: This class will help the youth remain safe from lightning; provide the youth with accurate information about what causes lightning; teach the youth what safe behavior is during a thunderstorm.

Time Frame: 30 – 45 minutes


Tornadoes

Class Description: This class will help the youth deal with the threat of tornadoes; provide accurate information about tornadoes and how they form; teach safe actions to take if a tornado WATCH or WARNING is issued in their area; provide information on preparing for, and responding to, a tornado so that students will react safely.

Time Frame: 30 – 45 minutes


Wildland Fires

Class Description: This class will teach the youth the meaning of wildland fires; explain how wildland fires start so that students understand how to prevent them in the future; increase the knowledge of the youth in wildland fire safety; teach how to protect their home if they do live within these areas.

Time Frame: 30 – 45 minutes


First Aid and Preparedness - Primary Schools (Grades 1st through 5th)

Class Description: The purpose of this class is to teach the youth how to Be Red Cross Ready. This class teaches three action steps for emergency preparedness - get a kit, make a plan and be informed. It also teaches the youth to prevent and respond to emergencies that they are most likely to encounter. The youth will learn how to recognize emergencies, call 9-1-1, help someone who is choking, care for common household emergencies and control bleeding.

Time Frame: 1.5 to 2 hours


First Aid and Preparedness - Middle Schools (Grades 6th through 8th)

Class Description: The purpose of this class is to introduce the youth to the idea of emergency preparedness, including the need to plan for emergencies to stay safe and for building and maintaining a disaster supplies kit; introduce the youth to the principles of first aid; give the youth the chance to learn and practice basic first aid skills; and encourage the youth to volunteer and help others.

Time Frame: 1.5 to 2 hours


First Aid and Preparedness - Secondary Schools (Grades 9th through 12th)

Class Description: The purpose of this class is to introduce the youth to the concepts of emergency preparedness for homes, schools and workplaces including: the need to plan for emergencies; building and maintaining a disaster supplies kit; introduce the youth to the principles of first aid; give the youth the chance to learn and practice basic first aid skills; and encourage the youth to volunteer and help others.

Time Frame: 1.5 to 2 hours