Storms and emergencies can strike quickly and without warning. They are frightening for adults, and can be traumatic for children, especially if you don't know what to do.
It is important that all family members know what to do during an emergency. Every family member should know the family emergency plan, have an emergency kit and emergency contact information. Remember, disaster can strike while family members are separated. You can click here to download our brochure.
Family Emergency Plan
Every family should make an emergency plan, which includes contact person(s) to check in with so you learn a family members' location and set a meet-up point. Use this Family Emergency Plan (FEP) from FEMA's ready.gov to create your own family plan.
School & Day Care Emergency Plans
Ask your families' schools and day cares about their emergency plans, including evacuation plans and early closings.
Children and Evacuations
In some emergencies, your family may be stuck at home without power or heating/cooling. Theses situations can make children anxious, confused, frightened, and even bored. Prepare by adding paperback books, toys or activities to emergency kits to help occupy children and distract and entertain them.
Each child should have their own emergency kit, with a week's supply of all prescription and over-the-counter medicines.
Infant kits can include:
- Formula and/or powdered milk
- Diapers and diaper rash ointment
- Antibacterial wipes/towelettes
- Baggies and extra trash bags for dirty diapers (remember, trash pickup may not run on schedule)
- Any other daily supplies
View a list of resources for families and parents planning for emergencies.
formula and bottles and/or powdered milk (plus extra water), diapers and diaper rash ointment, etc, antibacterial wipes and baggies, etc.Children and Their Response to Disaster