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February 2, 2006

“Ready for Kids” goes live…

Filed under: DHS News,Preparedness and Response — by Christian Beckner on February 2, 2006

The new DHS website “Ready for Kids” went live today at this location. (They really need to mirror it at readykids.gov, since that was the location that the media was advertising last week).

Overall, it’s pretty standard fare, featuring the preparedness activities of a cartoon mountain lion family and a few basic games. I did find it amusing the “Know the Facts” section’s emphasis on etymology:

“Tornado” was a 14th-century sailor’s word for a violent, windy thunderstorm. It may come from the Spanish word tronada, meaning “thunderstorm.”

In 1280, “earthquakes” were called “eorthequakynge”.

The word “flood” comes from Old English and means “a flowing of water, river, or sea.”

“Tsunami” is a Japanese word. Tsu means “harbor” and nami means “wave.”

“Hurricane” comes from the Spanish word huracan.

The word “terrorism” first appeared in France (terrorisme) in 1795.

Fascinating. I feel much more prepared.

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Comment by Julie Anderson

February 3, 2006 @ 1:35 pm

DHS has taken a step in the right direction by making security and preparedness accessible to all ages. But I remain concerned that DHS selected an animal (mountain lion) to represent “readiness” that has the ability to kill humans.

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