Friday, April 30, 2010

Are You Ready to Be a Hero During an Emergency?

Tomorrow, May 1st, is Free Comic Book Day all over the nation where kids (and grown-ups, too) can stop by local comic book stores and receive a few free comic books.  Comic books have often been used to illustrate key moments in disaster history.  One of CRESA's EM Manager's most treasured comic books is a set of graphic novels that were done by comic book artists in the years following 9/11/01. 


Now, this got us here at CRESA thinking about the kid-side of emergency preparedness because being prepared is something that EVERYONE should be involved in.  Here are a few things to consider:
  • Are your kids prepared and ready to call 9-1-1?  Check out this information from the CRESA website at to run through a brief quiz with your family and see if you can answer "yes" to all of the questions. 
  • Did you know that Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a kid-based webpage that has stories, coloring pages and fun, interactive features to get kids familiar with being prepared?  It's located at
  • Even Sesame Street has put together emergency preparedness videos for kids, perhaps you've seen this good one that's available on YouTube:

Whether you are an adult or a child, we encourage everyone to take a few of your precious minutes and consider how best to prepare yourselves, family members and those who depend on you.  When you take preparedness seriously, even days like Free Comic Book Day should serve as a reminder that everyone can be a superhero, if they take a few minutes before the disaster to prepare!

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