On this page you can find useful information to help teach your kids – and your whole family – how to prepare for disasters. You can also find services that may be able to help you care for the needs of your family after a disaster.
Disaster Safety for Children
Disasters can be scary for adults, but very traumatic for kids. Especially if they don't know what to do. Learn how to talk to your kids about disasters. Learn how to guide them during and how to help them cope when it’s over. (American Red Cross)
Be a Hero!
Are you ready for the unexpected? Learn how to make an emergency plan and build a kit with your family. Find games for the kids, facts about natural disasters, and tips and resources for parents and educators. (Ready.gov)
Let's Get Ready!
Get your whole family involved and learn how to plan for emergencies – together. Create a family emergency plan and kit to help your kids remember important information. There are guides, tips, checklists, and other tools to help you get started. (Sesame Street)
Helping Kids Cope with Disaster
The emotional stress of a disaster can take many forms with kids. Learn some common age-related reactions, how to spot risk factors, and how to meet kids’ emotional needs after. You can also learn how to get support for yourself, to make you better able to help your kids. (Ready.gov)
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
WIC is the supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children (up to age five). WIC offers benefits by state and includes foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education. You can find phone numbers, a state agency list, income requirements, and learn how to apply for benefits. (U.S. Department of Agriculture)