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FEMA For Kids
http://www.fema.gov/kids/
GRADE LEVEL: 2-8

CONTENT:
Part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Web site, this section is devoted to kids.

AESTHETICS:
The site uses large typeface, bold colors, and lots of graphics. The layout is appealing to students.

ORGANIZATION:
Clicking on the FEMA for Kids logo located on each page will return users to the section's home page. The remainder of the menu lets users return to the kids section, learn about FEMA, or send email to the site.

REVIEW:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the federal agency responsible for providing help before and after a disaster. The agency's Web site has created a section just for kids. Students can learn about the agency as well as common beliefs and misconceptions about disasters and disaster relief. Kids can download coloring pages, play games online, or read stories. In the photos section, users can view images of kids helping during disasters. The resources for teachers and parents include guidebooks, mailing lists, and related Web site links. This is a very useful site, particularly during times of disaster. Educators should preview the site before disaster strikes. Lesson plans can be presented to familiarize children with disaster and disaster relief, in case the unthinkable should happen.