Ready, Set, Go!

A web-based interactive learning resource that helps kids and their families prepare for wildfires.

About the Program

An Emergency Preparedness Program for Students

Central Marin Fire Department’s Battalion Chief Todd Lando serves as a guide in this emergency preparedness program for kids. Through a series of four short and engaging videos, Chief Lando explains why wildfire is a growing threat to Marin and what we can do to prepare and keep ourselves, our families, and our pets safe. The program is targeted to students in grades 4 through 6 and is appropriate for family audiences as well.

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After each video, there are activities to help students reinforce and apply what they have learned. Short-answer and multiple-choice questions, drag-and-drop exercises, and drawing activities serve as starting points for classroom discussions. Topics covered include the history of California’s land stewardship, the science of wildfires, the impacts of climate change on fire seasons, and practical things everyone can do to Get Ready, Get Set, and Go if an evacuation is ordered.

After the lesson, students take home a flyer that includes an evacuation checklist to review with their families as homework. The Ready, Set, Go! Teacher’s Guide includes a glossary of fire terms and additional information about the educational content.

Additional Information

The Ready, Set, Go! presentation deck was created using a Google Slides add-on called Pear Deck, which weaves together videos and activities in one place. The program is intended to be taught during the length of a single class period, but can be a part of a larger unit of study. This resource will be available in English and Spanish for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The program was created in partnership with Marin County Office of Education (MCOE), and is funded by the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA) and a grant from California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) State Homeland Security Program.

If your school is interested in becoming a partner, or want more information, please contact us.


Program Materials and Teacher’s Guide

Materiales del Programa y Guia del Maestro