Katrina's Classroom Infographics

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This year's theme for National Preparedness Month, celebrated during September each year, is "Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today." The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging us all to make preparedness plans with our families and communities. This call to action also reminds us to make provisions to safeguard our pets. Emergency preparedness helps to mitigate the devastation typically associated with natural disasters. We believe financial preparedness is also an essential component of any emergency plan. While natural disasters may not strike all communities, each year many people experience financial setbacks such as the unexpected loss of a job, unforeseen medical expenses, and the need to save for their children's postsecondary education.

To do our part, we have updated the four-part curriculum unit, Katrina's Classroom, to provide educators with tools to teach high school students how to become financially prepared and equipped to navigate their futures. Each unit includes lessons, activities, videos, supporting visual presentations, and interactive quizzes as well as a guide for teachers to explore additional classroom-ready resources. We recently added the following infographics and encourage you to use the PDF versions to accompany the lessons and activities in each unit.

Lesson 1: Katrina Strikes—Why Prepare for the Unexpected?
This infographic identifies steps required to develop plans for being prepared to face unexpected financial disasters. As noted on the infographic, planning helps people to accomplish their goals; manage decisions related to education, income, spending, and saving to achieve these goals; prepare for unforeseen expenditures by creating an emergency fund; and keep safe in an emergency. It also identifies the steps required to create an emergency plan.

Lesson 2: In the Aftermath—Where Do You Bank?
This lesson introduces students to the factors they should consider when choosing banking services such as accessibility, different account features, and location. The infographic also explores the rationale for banking. Use the infographic to help students visualize the different levels of liquidity afforded to them through the various types of bank accounts. In addition, you can help students understand the security provided by deposit insurance in all FDIC-insured banks.

Lesson 3: A Fresh Start—Why Is Good Credit Important?
Use this infographic to teach students about credit and the relationship between a good credit history and their personal financial stability. Students will understand the relationships among their credit history, credit report, and credit score. They will learn the recommended actions to maintain a good credit history as well as what their history says about them as potential borrowers. There is also a visual representation of how students' credit scores affect their cost of credit.

Lesson 4: Back to School—Why Develop Human Capital?
We believe it is important to help students see the connection between their education level and their earning potential. Featuring data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Current Population Survey, this infographic paints a picture of the earning potential and unemployment rates associated with various levels of educational attainment. Its key message: education pays. As such, it is important for students to develop their human capitalthe skills, knowledge, and training people possess, measured by their economic value.

You can request print copies of these infographics using our online order form.