For teachers who want help in preparing classes incorporating some of the principles of emergency management, we suggest two avenues:
The City of Brampton Emergency Management Office will offer a classroom presentation upon invitation or arrange for an expert to come and address specific topics related to the subject. Emergency Management can tie in to many topics required by the Ontario Curriculum. For example:
- Visual Arts
Students could create a poster or mural promoting personal emergency preparedness. This would require research on the topic and we could give a presentation prior to the development of the posters
We can present topics related to natural hazards or how humans plan for and live with risk in our environments
- Canadian Studies
We can talk about the way Canada has planned for emergencies and how people in Canada have been affected by some of the major disasters throughout its history. We can also explain the role of each level of government.
- Urban Studies
We can talk about the impact of emergencies in the urban plan and the services offered to citizens prior to and during emergencies.
- Current affairs
We can study a particular disaster and its impact on the population, what was done, what could have been done better to prevent or respond faster.
Your imagination can do the rest to adapt the message to other educational programs. Let us know what ideas you have and we will work with you in developing a presentation to your class that will enhance your teaching program and help us in our mission of promoting personal emergency preparedness.
The second option we suggest is to adopt the National Red Cross program called Expect the Unexpected. It has three components geared to three different age groups:
- It Can Happen, Be Ready, for students aged 7-8;
- Facing the Unexpected, Be Prepared, for students aged 10-11;
- Be Ready. Be safe. For students aged 12-13.