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Emergency Preparedness for Kids

Updated on November 6, 2014

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.

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.

Emergency Situations

~ Accidents

~ Earthquake

~ Fire

~ Flood

~ Hurricane

~ Tornado

Think about how you can be better prepared.

Sesame Street Family Health and Contact Information

Download a fun form courtesy of Sesame Street.

Our Family's Health and Contact Information

Let the kids help fill it in.

First Aid Kits - Be Prepared

Medique 40061 First Aid Kit, 61-Piece
Medique 40061 First Aid Kit, 61-Piece

An up-to-date basic first aid kit is a necessity for the home and car.


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.

Ready America 70280 Emergency Kit, 2-Person, 3-Day Backpack
Ready America 70280 Emergency Kit, 2-Person, 3-Day Backpack

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

Know the Winter Storm Forecasts - and Be Prepared

  1. Winter Storm Outlook: Winter storm conditions possible in next 2-5 days.
  2. Winter Weather Advisory: Winter weather may cause inconveniences/be hazardous. Use caution and situations should not be life threatening.
  3. 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.
  4. Winter Storm Warning: Life-threatening, severe winter conditions now or in next 24 hours. Take precautions.

Source: Red Cross

Food and Water Are Essential

Datrex Emergency Water Packet - 3 Day/72 Hour Supply(12packets)
Datrex Emergency Water Packet - 3 Day/72 Hour Supply(12packets)

Be prepared with this small emergency water supply.


Emergencies Can Happen; Be Prepared

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Really good information everyone should have and know. Thanks for sharing this.

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      MaggiePowell 5 years ago

      You've written some great stuff... as a California, I try to keep extra food and water around, as well as camping gear (just in case the big one hits)

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      This is a great resource. My family is not as prepared for emergencies as we should be. Living in Colorado, though, we always make sure that we have emergency supplies and food in the car in case we're trapped in a snowstorm.