Preparing Kids For Emergencies

American Public Health Association

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.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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.

Get Prepared (Government of Canada)

Emergency Preparedness for Children includes sections on helping kids prepare for emergencies and helping them cope after an emergency. Information on how to use 9-1-1 and possible scenarios that might arise are also included.

National Association for the Education of Young Children

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 and information on how to talk to young children about disasters they learn about in the media. There is also preparedness for child care and preschool programs in the U.S. and information about helping children during and after a disaster.


Seven ways to prepare your kids (and yourself) for an emergency situation.