National Preparedness Month Week Three: Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters

Between school, sports and social lives, chances are, you won’t be with your kids if a disaster happens.

Ready.gov/kids has the educational tools and information to make the conversation easy. When the time comes, chances are, they’ll feel prepared, not scared. So, talk with your family today.

  • Disasters affect everyone, and it’s important to include our youth in preparing for them; children who are prepared may experience less anxiety.   
  • With the help of parents and caregivers, children—as age appropriate—can learn about what they should do when there is an unexpected event at home, at school, at their summer camp, etc.
  • Include planning for all members of the family, collecting age appropriate emergency supplies, planning for pets, and having a communications plan to know who to contact in a disaster if the family is not together.
  • Talk with young people about what to do when disaster strikes when they aren’t home, or when they aren’t with you, so they feel prepared, not scared.
  • Kids can learn about disasters through “Prepare with Pedro Disaster Preparedness Activity Book” and “Ready 2 Help.”
  • Promote good financial saving practices by providing clear steps to saving, budgeting and setting and meeting financial goals.
  • Because young people experience the same hazards as adults do, they are an important part of building a national culture of preparedness; after all, children under the age of 18 make up nearly one-quarter of the entire U.S. population.
  • To learn more, go to Ready.gov/kids and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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