PBS Kids offers new shows for National Preparedness Month

Aug 28, 2015

In honor of National Preparedness Month, PBS KIDS will premiere new storm-themed episodes of DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD (9:00 a.m.) and ARTHUR (6:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.) on Tuesday, September 8,  and offer a suite of new digital resources from both series to help families in challenging times. pbskids.org/learn

“We know that parents can find it challenging to talk to their children about natural disasters or other topics that can be frightening to kids, which is why we are proud to offer families useful tools for coping with challenges like these,” says Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Media, PBS.  

In these two special new episodes of ARTHUR and DANIEL TIGER’S NEGHBORHOOD, family favorite characters experience big storms and learn how to prepare, while also handling difficult situations effectively and safely. Parent and educator materials, tip sheets and videos from both series will also be available at pbskids.org/learn to help families cope when scary things happen.

“Shelter From the Storm” (Parts 1 & 2) – premieres Tuesday, September 8  When a powerful hurricane hits Elwood City, everyone's affected. Ladonna’s dad is called up by the Army Corps of Engineers. Muffy relocates to a shelter, while Arthur struggles to reunite lost pets and owners. And Brain seeks the help of a therapist — voiced by special guest Idina Menzel — to help him manage his anxiety. Educational objective: Arthur and friends realize the importance of family, friendship, and the support and compassion of others in times of crisis.

 “A Storm in the Neighborhood/After the Neighborhood Storm” – premieres Tuesday, September 8  There's a big storm coming to the Neighborhood. Daniel and his friends are a little frightened at first, but the grown-ups have a plan to keep everyone safe. / The big storm that came through the Neighborhood has passed. But now everything looks different, with leaves all over, trees knocked down and window shutters fallen — it's a scary thing for Daniel and his friends to see. But they are comforted to know that everyone is safe and there are helpers everywhere, coming together to fix the Neighborhood. Strategy: Take a grown-up’s hand, follow the plan and you’ll be safe.