Preparedness Ambassadors

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​Welcome to the Preparedness Ambassadors Program! The State of California needs your help. Disasters such as wildfires, floods, and earthquakes can occur in every part of our state. The sad truth is that many people are not ready, nor do they know what to do to be safe. The Preparedness Ambassadors curriculum is designed to engage fourth grade students to develop and promote disaster preparedness guidelines for their homes, school, and local community. This program was created by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services in partnership with the California Department of Education, CalRecycle, and the Sacramento County Office of Education.


In becoming a Preparedness Ambassador, students will take a journey into the disaster experiences of their community. Like a detective, they will gather community disaster stories and be strategic in mapping where, when, and how they occurred. Like a scientist, they will dig deep into case studies and find out how people reacted to specific disasters. Like a safety manager, they will create guidelines that inform the community on how to better prepare for those disasters. And like a hero, they will take action to prepare their home, school, and community for the next disaster. By being a disaster detective, scientist, safety manager, and hero, students can be a Preparedness Ambassador for their entire community.

Documents

Image of Teacher's Guide and link to documentTeacher Guide - Provides the step by step instructional format for the curriculum. The instructional sequence curriculum follows the 5E instructional model of engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate. This curriculum was designed to focus on the CA Health content area of Injury Prevention and Safety for fourth grade students and emphasizes the standard of Health Promotion.




Image of Student's Notebookand link to documentStudent Notebook - Designed to provide fourth graders the ability to develop their knowledge on hazards within their communities and ways in which they can be prepared. Students will learn about California’s disasters by gathering and using data, reading case studies about actual disaster events, and reflecting on which behaviors may help contribute to a person staying safe during these nature events.




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Family Readiness Guide (English) – A comprehensive preparedness document designed to help families prepare for a variety of disasters in the State of California.

Additional Languages Coming Soon!


​Additional Materials

  • Preparedness Ambassadors Certificate of Completion - A fillable PDF that can be personalized for each student.

  • Preparedness Ambassadors Classroom Slideshow - A supplemental presentation for use with the Teacher Guide.

  • Coming Soon!  Preparedness Ambassadors Video Message - A short welcome message video.

  • Coming Soon!  Classroom Materials - While supplies last, we have small stickers, bumper stickers, bookmarks, and magnets available to help your class promote the program. Soon we will also have drawstring backpacks to assist students in creating their personal emergency preparedness kits. Email the program contact below to get your supplies!

​Feedback

Cal OES is very interested in your feedback and experiences regarding this program. Please let us know what you think. Additionally, we are interested in the number of schools, classrooms, and students participating in this program. We would like to see pictures of your students in action and hear stories of how students helped to prepare their families, school, and communities to be prepared for disasters. We may even add them to the web site for other teachers to see and learn from your experiences.  

  • "Preparedness Ambassadors Program is action- and community-oriented, encouraging civic engagement, safety, empathy, and responsibility. This program will lead students to explore careers in disaster and emergency management, health care, and environmental fields." - Nancy Zarenda, Education Consultant


​For comments or questions about the program contact:

Nick Murray, Emergency Services Coordinator
Cal OES Planning and Preparedness
(916) 845-8753 | nick.murray@caloes.ca.gov

 

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