In the event of an emergency, it is important for children to have an idea of what to do. Early discussions can help reduce fear in the event of an emergency and provide some comfort during unfamiliar situations.
APHA’s Get Ready campaign helps Americans prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including pandemic flu, infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies. The site also has downloadable fact sheets.
The CDC offers advice on before, during and after emergencies. They discuss Factors that Influence the Emotional Impact on Children in Emergencies, What You Can Do to Help Children Cope with a Disaster, Common Reactions based on the ages of children, and links to Additional Resources. The site is available in both English and Spanish.
NAEYC has compiled online resources to provide information on how to help when disaster strikes. This includes a list of organizations that help those in need, information on how to talk to young children about disasters they learn about in the media, and preparedness for child care and preschool programs in the U.S. There is also information about helping children during and after a disaster.
For a complete list of resources, please visit Preparing Kids for Emergencies