Downloadable Guides and Resources

Below is a list of checklists, forms, guides, and tips you can download and use to help your family prepare for and recover from emergencies.

Be Prepared, Build a Kit
Learn what you need and make a checklist of things your family should keep ready in case of an emergency. (

Prepare Now for Peace of Mind Later - A Family Health and Safety Guide (PDF, 568 KB)
This guide offers tips on ways to prepare your family for an emergency. You can learn things like first aid for choking, how to disinfect drinking water, sports safety, and how to help reduce the spread of germs. ( / American Red Cross)

Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster (PDF, 308 KB)
Learn how to talk to your kids about their feelings after a disaster. Learn what some of the common reactions are by different age groups. You can also find a list of resources and hotlines you can reach out to if you need more help. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

After the Storm: Information for Parents on How Schools Can Help After Disasters (PDF, 708 KB)
If you had to leave your home because of a disaster, your kids can still go to school. School can be a safe place where kids can start to get back to life as it was. They may be able to go to the same school they were already going to or they may need to go to one closer to where you're staying. This handbook can help you find the information and support you need to help with the decisions you need to make. (National Center for Homeless Education)

Last Updated: 08/30/2018