PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The National Theatre for Children (NTC) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have teamed up to provide emergency preparedness outreach to schools in coastal regions throughout the country.
September is emergency preparedness month, and mid-August to late October are the peak months of hurricane season. Emergency preparedness for families and communities is important any time of year, but especially in early fall, when coastal areas are most vulnerable.
In an effort to educate residents in these areas, NTC has become a NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador. NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation is about readying communities for extreme weather, water and climate events. Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors work together to build a resilient nation. By collaborating, NTC and NOAA ensure that emergency preparedness information is up-to-date and that emergency-related public materials reach as many communities as possible.
NTC implements emergency preparedness programs on behalf of insurance companies, government agencies, first-response organizations and corporations. These outreach programs consist of live, in-school theatrical programs along with supplemental materials that align with regional and national education standards.
Its flagship emergency preparedness program, “Ready or Not,” focuses on emergency preparedness in the home and at school, teaching about the differences between a disaster, emergency and hazard; what a family communication plan is; how to create an emergency plan; and who to seek for help in an emergency.
Emergency preparedness kits can also be offered through the program. The kits contain NOAA weather radio/flashlights along with Red Cross Emergency Packs, which include an emergency drinking water pouch, emergency blanket, mini first-aid kit and more. Organizations can sponsor and brand every aspect of the program.
“Live theater is a great way to educate,” says NTC President and Founder Ward Eames. “These children are watching a story unfold right before their very eyes, with the two actors playing all sorts of characters. We don’t lose the children’s attention for a minute, because they get to respond and interact with the show. It really sticks with them.”
“Really, when you think about resiliency,” adds Douglas Hilderbrand, Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Lead, “a resilient community is made up of resilient companies, resilient schools, and resilient government agencies. The fabric of what makes a community special, they all have to come together to help each other out. What we want are people prepared and focusing on getting through the storm and then recovering as quickly as possible.”
Studies have shown that mitigation pays off in relation to recovery six to one, making preventive emergency preparedness education a financially smart endeavor. As NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors are aware, it also saves lives and brings communities together.
For more information on NTC’s emergency preparedness outreach programs, visit https://nationaltheatre.com/ntccorporate/emergency-preparedness-programming/.
For more information on NTC’s partnership with NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation program, email [email protected].
About The National Theatre for Children
NTC is a premium provider of educational programming with operations in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. We work directly between schools and clients to promote beneficial behaviors and life skills to students in grades K-12 on a local, regional and national level.
Our award-winning educational programs are provided free for schools and are customizable to accommodate specific messages and goals for clients. Through formats including live performance, in-class discussion, graphic novels, print curriculum, and digital games and activities, we present topics such as energy conservation, safety, financial literacy, STEM, water and environmental stewardship, and health and social responsibility in ways that engage and empower students. In doing so, we are helping our clients to be forces of change for students, parents and communities.
About National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep the public informed of the changing environment around them.
From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings, and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product. NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it.