Help Students Deal with the Emotional Impact of Emergencies and Disasters

Facing Fear

Armed conflicts and terrorist attacks are causing concern in our schoolyards and classrooms. Intended for educators, this program was adapted from the American Red Cross Facing Fear program to help youth deal with the psychological impact of conflicts and terrorism.

The Facing Fear program complements the Expect the Unexpected curriculum, which provides lesson plans and activities about natural hazards and general family disaster preparedness.

Download the Facing Fear program materials.

Facing Fear also complements the lessons in core classroom subjects without making extra work for teachers, making it easy for teachers to fit preparedness activities into the regular curriculum.

The program features lesson plans for teachers and includes hands-on interactive activities for the classroom that will help students and their families prepare for disasters and provide them with tools to sort out their feelings and fears.

An important goal of this program is to involve families in the curriculum as well as in household disaster preparedness. To this end, Home connection segments of the lesson plans offer opportunities to enhance parental involvement in the experiences covered in the classroom.

Facing Fear is recommended by:

                          Curriculum Services Canada


 Canadian Pyschological Association

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