kids' emergency preparedness


talk to your children about disasters

  • Teach them about natural hazards like severe thunderstorms, blizzards, tornados, earthquakes, and hurricanes and what to do when they occur. 
  • Help prepare your children by including them in planning and answer any questions they may have. 
  • Use appropriate language when engaging youth.
  • Be reassuring and positive. 

what to teach your children

  • How to use a phone.
  • How and when to call 9-1-1 for help. 
  • Have them know their name, address, and phone number. 
  • Basic contact information.
  • Teach your kids what to do in case of a fire. 
  • Teach them Stop, Drop, and Roll. 
  • What natural gas smells like and what to do if the child smells it. 
  • Teach them and practice your family emergency plan. 



school or day care

  • Make sure your kids know what to do at school if an emergency happens. 
  • Know your child's school or day care emergency plan. 
  • Keep your contact information up to date at your child's school. 

help kids cope with disasters



Games & Activites

  • Ready Kids has tools and information to engage youth in emergency preparedness. Play games, learn about disasters, and build a kit online. 
  • Prepare with Pedro Disaster Preparedness Activity Book. 
  • Sesame Street and PSEG created a program called Let's Get Ready. Families can learn to plan and prepare together for emergencies.
  • American Red Cross Offers Emergency Preparedness App for children called Monster Guard.
  • Coping After A Disaster is a Ready Wrigley book by The CDC.