Emergency Preparedness for Kids
Prepare Kids for Emergencies
Emergency preparedness information is something you hope you'll never have to use, but that information may save a life.
Teach kids about emergencies so they are prepared and know a little about what to expect in case of an emergency like a fire, flood, or accident.
Preparing an evacuation route with your child, making up an emergency checklist, and assembling supplies are activities that can help you and your child be better prepared.
Photo of U.S. Navy emergency preparedness simulation exercise (photo in the public domain).
Photo Credit: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kristopher Regan.
Learn About Different Types of Disasters - And How to Be Prepared
- Kids | Ready.gov FEMA
Are you ready! to put your planning skills to good use? Are you ready to help your family get prepared for the unexpected? Your family can use this Web site to create a plan that will help you be ready for many different kinds of unexpected situation
- Types of Emergencies
Types of Emergencies, New York State Department of Health. Categories of Emergencies: Biological, Chemical, Radiological, Weather, and Home.
- CNN.com - Tips for helping children in the wake of terrorism - November 6, 2001
A U.S. Senate subcommittee recently began to grapple with the traumatic effects of the terrorist attacks on the nation's children, looking at at both the psychological and physical impacts.
- Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services Emergency Preparedness -- Talking with Children
Here's some advice on how to communicate with children and adolescents during times of crisis: Parents should watch their children for reactions to the incidents. Children should be given truthful answers to their questions.
- Michigan Family Preparedness Guide
Complete guide to preparing for emergencies of all types.
Fire Extinguishers - Store Them Properly
Store fire extinguishers away from the kitchen stove or any other heat source that may catch fire so you can easily get to them if needed.
Think about how you can be better prepared.
Emergency Related Activities and Worksheets
- Emergency Workers
Emergency workers are brave and dedicated. Create a tribute statue to these daily heroes and heroines.
- BAM! Body and Mind | www.bam.gov | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
BAM! Body and Mind -- Use the Activity Calendar to create your very own personalized fitness calendar. Check it out! Teachers: Incorporate BAM! topics into your classroom activities. Check out these games:
- Ready... Set... Prepare!
A Disaster Preparedness Activity Book. Remember to learn about the emergency plans that are in place at your child's school, child care facility, or other places where your child stays when not with you.
- Tommy Tsunami Coloring Book
Presenting Tommy Tsunami and Ernie Earthquake. Printable coloring book to teach kids about emergency preparedness.
- A Safe Home Is a Happy Home
A home is truly the heart of the family. Having a home that’s happy, comfortable and clean is important to us – and so is making sure it’s safe. Thankfully, there are many simple steps you can take to help prevent accidents from happening in your hom
Sesame Street Family Health and Contact Information
Download a fun form courtesy of Sesame Street.
Let the kids help fill it in.
First Aid Kits - Be Prepared
An up-to-date basic first aid kit is a necessity for the home and car.
Make Emergency Kits and Checklists - Disaster Kit, Emergency Kit, First Aid Kit
- Basic Disaster Supplies Kit | Ready.gov
Learn what you should include in a basic disaster supply kit and first aid kit. Also includes lists of additional supplies and special supplies that might be needed for unique situations/people.
- American Red Cross
Checklists and information for the following types of emergencies: chemical, drought, earthquake, flood, flu, food safety, heat wave, highway safety, home fire, hurricane, landslide, pet safety, poisoning, power outage, terrorism, thunderstorm, torna
- Get a Kit - Family - Be Ready Utah
Whether an emergency or disaster keeps you at home or requires you to evacuate, you'll be better prepared to deal with the situation, and to help others, if you have adequate emergency supplies on hand. Water, food, and articles needed to maintain yo
Basic Emergency Supply Kit
~ 1 gallon of water/person/day for at least 3 days
~ 3-day supply non-perishable food and manual can opener
~ Trash bags, moist towelettes for personal hygiene
~ First aid kit
~ Flashlight and extra batteries
~ Whistle for signaling for help
~ Tools to turn off utilities
Partial list. See Basic Disaster Supplies Kit for complete list.
A grab-n-go emergency pack like this can provide the basics if you're stranded in your car.
Be Prepared In Case of a Tornado
Tornado Watch: Tornado possible in/near watch area. Review/discuss emergency plans, check supplies/safe room. Be ready to act quickly if warning is issued or you suspect tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives!
Tornado Warning: Tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Tornado warnings indicate imminent danger to life/property. Go immediately underground to a basement, storm cellar, or interior closet, hallway, bathroom.
Source: Red Cross
Be Prepared -- Have a Plan - Evacuation Routes, Meeting Places, Make a Plan
“A secure and resilient nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.” Read the National Preparedness Goal
Know the Winter Storm Forecasts - and Be Prepared
- Winter Storm Outlook: Winter storm conditions possible in next 2-5 days.
- Winter Weather Advisory: Winter weather may cause inconveniences/be hazardous. Use caution and situations should not be life threatening.
- Winter Storm Watch: Winter storm possible within 36 to 48 hours. People in watch area should review winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.
- Winter Storm Warning: Life-threatening, severe winter conditions now or in next 24 hours. Take precautions.
Source: Red Cross
Food and Water Are Essential
Be prepared with this small emergency water supply.