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, helping them cope after an emergency, teaching young children how to use 9-1-1, and some scenarios that can be used to help your child practice for an emergency.

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, 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.


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