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Ready Army seeks to include children 
in preparing for disaster planning

The Ready Army program is sponsoring a new activity, "Prepared Kids," which has the objective of getting younger family members involved in the discussion about how to be ready for disasters.

The activity is under way and will run through Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Prepared Kids recognizes the strength, spirit and creativity of Army children and teens, and invites them to share their ideas for preparing for emergencies. This year’s Ready Army Prepared Kids Competition theme is "Prepare Strong!"

All children ages 7-18, with a connection to the Army, are eligible to enter the competition.

Competition rules and details are available at the Web site http://www.acsim.army.mil/readyarmy/ra_prep_kids.htm.

"To make sure families are involved we are (providing) the kids with some fun activities to get them involved so that they talk to their parents," said Jim Platt, deputy director of the Army Protection Division. "It opens an avenue so they can talk to their parents and becomes the impetus for getting the program started."


"To make sure families are involved we are (providing) the kids with some fun activities to get them involved so that they talk to their parents."

Jim Platt,
Deputy Director,
Army Protection Division

The idea is for Army children and teens to share their ideas for preparing for emergencies by creating individual works that highlight preparedness.

Children and teens can submit such things as a poem or song lyrics they wrote, a short video, a poster, T-shirt or bookmark design, a personal story of experiencing an emergency, an essay, a public service announcement, a preparedness game, a drawing, sculpture or musical piece or even computer software they have written.

Entries of finalists will be loaded onto the Ready Army Web site for one week for open voting after Aug. 12.

Winners will be announced during National Preparedness Month in September.

Their winning creations will be featured during 2010 as part of the Ready Army campaign.

For more information in the Fort McCoy community, people also can contact the Army Community Service office by calling 608-388-3505.

(Information in this story is from Army News Service, the Installation Management Command and Fort McCoy Army Community Service.)

 

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