Program teaching children to prepare for disasters

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DRAPER -- A new pilot program is working to teach children how to be prepared in the event of a disaster.

The American Red Cross and the Be Ready Utah preparedness campaign went to Channing Hall Charter School Monday to help with a new curriculum called "Masters of Disasters."

"We'll talk to kids about what to prepare for, how to create a family plan, how to put a 72-hour kit together, what to do if you have to go quickly," said Ryan Longman with the Utah Division of Homeland Security.

The program will be taken to a total of 20 Utah schools in the Salt Lake Valley. It's centered on a series of ready-to-go lesson plans teachers will use to educate on topics such as recovering and rebuilding after a disaster; coping with tough issues like terrorism, war and pandemics; and preventing injuries.

The idea is to help students prepare for the unknown, and also to help alleviate the fear associated with disasters that inevitably happen.

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