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Prepare the Kids

What you should know about Preparing Kids for Emergencies

    ·       Ensure children are included in preparedness conversations

    ·       Learn the building blocks of preparedness − Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Get Involved.

    ·       Know the emergency plan for your child’s school and child care facility

    ·       Practice evacuation plans and other emergency procedures with children on a regular basis

    ·       Learn different ways to help children cope during and after an emergency

    ·       Make sure children have emergency contacts memorized or written down in a secure place

    ·       Teach kids when and how to call important phone numbers like 911


Emergency Planning Considerations for Kids

    ·       Include your child's medication or supplies in your family’s emergency kit.

    ·       Include your child's favorite stuffed animals, board games, books or music in their emergency kit to comfort them in a disaster.

    ·       Get the kids involved in building their own emergency kit.  Store important family documents on your phone in a safe secure app. Keep hard copies in secure place.

    ·       Emergencies can happen anytime.

    ·       Ask your child’s teacher about the plans the school has in place for emergencies.

    ·       Email, voice, or text. What will your child’s school use to communicate during an emergency?

    ·       Know your school's evacuation & reunification plans.

    ·       Talk to your kids about what to do before, during, and after a disaster.

    ·       Ask your child's school for a copy of their emergency plan for you to keep at home & work

    ·       Create a backpack emergency card that your child can keep with them.

    ·       Create a family password or phrase to prevent your child from going with a stranger.


Emergency Supplies for Kids

    • Non-perishable food items (dried fruit, peanut butter, etc.) for three-to-five days, or longer
    • Can opener
    • First aid kit
    • Sleeping bags or warm blankets for everyone in your family
    • Change of clothes for three-to-five days, including sturdy shoes
    • Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap
    • Paper plates, plastic cups, paper towels, utensils
    • Water – at least one gallon per person, per day for three-to-five days, or longer
    • Battery-powered hand-cranked radio with extra batteries
    • Flashlights with extra batteries
    • Cell phone with charger, extra battery and solar charger
    • Whistle to signal for help
    • Local maps
    • Books, games, or puzzle
    • A favorite stuffed animal


Online Resources

https://www.ready.gov/kids/parents

https://www.ready.gov/kids/games

https://www.ready.gov/kids/know-the-facts

https://www.ready.gov/kids/parents/coping

https://www.healthychildren.org/

https://www.cdc.gov/phpr/readywrigley/documents/backpack_emergency_card.pdf

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1440449346150-1ff18127345615d8b7e1effb4752b668/Family_Comm_Plan_508_20150820.pdf

https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Children-and-Disasters/Pages/default.aspx