The Florida Division of Emergency Management partnered with IDEAS to create www.KidsGetAPlan.com. The website is based on three books IDEAS wrote in 2004 for first, second, and third graders in Florida schools, followed by a 4th book for fourth and fifth graders written in 2009, along with the Florida Evacuates website and mobile app
- The storybook for first graders, The Adventures of Rabbit, Possum, and Squirrel in The 30/30 Rule, teaches young children how they can protect themselves from lightning strikes.
- Professor Tinkermeister and the Wacky, Whiz-Bang, Weather-Watching Wonder, shows second grade readers how to protect themselves from thunderstorms.
- In The Oak Tree Club, third graders learn about how they can create a Disaster Supply Kit for their families to prepare for a hurricane.
- MegaTrack HTW is a fourth & fifth grade reader book about wildfire safety and what to expect if it is necessary to evacuate to an emergency shelter.
A 3D cartoon featuring “Professor Tinkermeister” and other characters from the books greets all Floridians on the home page of the site. Kids are then prompted to choose from online interactive stories where they can have the story read to them or read on their own with just-in-time help if they get stuck. There are reading cues to help improve their comprehension and a glossary to help increase their vocabulary. Instructional activities include games that reinforce the learning from the books, including an activity that allows them to build a disaster supply kit for their own family. Downloadable coloring pages, character profiles and fully produced and sound designed depictions of the books (see below) are also available. The reading materials were developed in alignment with the Florida Sunshine State Standards for reading and science. A guide for teachers and parents is available for each story to help extend the activities into the home and classroom. The website was also translated into Spanish.
“This new site will help provide important information and educational materials about weather hazards and safety tips for use by students, parents, and teachers alike. There is something valuable there for all ‘kids’ – both the young and young at heart.” said Craig Fugate, FEMA Director and former Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management.