Having served in the past as Missouri’s Director of the Office of Homeland Security for over 6 years and now serving as the Director of the Missouri Center for Education Safety, I understand the value of preparedness education, even at a very early age. Any efforts to prepare our children to prevent a crisis or at a minimum help them to better deal with it, are efforts well spent. I applaud the initiative of Brad Spicer and SafePlans in preparing and promoting this educational effort, and highly recommend anyone involved in early education to consider incorporating this material either formally or even informally in their educational curriculum.

PAUL FENNEWALD

Missouri Center for Education Safety, www.moces.org

As a school safety leader, I see Teddy is Ready as a great way to teach young children about emergency preparedness without scaring them. This book and associated curriculum fill a much-needed niche for families, day care providers, and early elementary teachers.

DONALD R. GREEN

CPP Safety & Security Manager , Chesterfield County (VA) Public Schools

I have worked in public safety for 27 years with the last 10 in Emergency Management; a resource like this has been needed for a long time. With the changing times the material is comprehensive, non-threatening and very relevant. I read this to my own children who are in Kindergarten and 1st grade and it held their attention while bringing up some very good questions. I think every parent should talk to their kids about these topics and this resource makes that fun and easy.

CHANCY W. SMITH

Director of Emergency Management, Dickinson County

What an awesome idea and a great resource! I have had countless requests from preschool and elementary school age teachers who are nervous and apprehensive about introducing emergency procedures. I am happy we will have another resource in our hands when requested.

EVELYN BROWN

Director, Comprehensive School Safety Plan , Delaware Department of Safety & Homeland Security

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