TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-Fire flames blazing through homes is an example of the numerous types of disasters that all families and children need to make sure they are prepared for ahead of time.
And Fred helps during these emergency events.
"Fred's best trait is his willingness to meet and greet people," said Michael McNulty, KDHE Director of Homeland Security Operations.
Fred is actually a German Shepherd Preparedness Dog and he acts as the mascot for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Fred went to Topeka Collegiate School to teach students a valuable lesson about safety.
"That attention he brings allows me to start talking to them about what they do in their own family preparedness and pet preparedness," said McNulty.
"He helps students feel more connected," said Danielle Huskins, Health Service Director at Topeka Collegiate School.
Students learned about family and pet safety kits needed in the home when disaster breaks.
"Well, when my house is on fire, me and my family run into the garage where some backpacks are filled with stuff! There's water and candy for ever once in a while and lots of good food and medicine," said Topeka Collegiate kindergartner, Sam Kensinger.
Fred and his owner also hope that children understand the most important message.
"If we prepare ourselves and prepare our pets, that's going to make the entire state more prepared," said McNulty.
"He taught me some other things on what to do. Well, he told me that if there is a tornado: take shelter," said Kensinger.