Families and Disasters
For Adults

The National Pediatric Disaster Coalition
"Whereas children comprise one quarter of the population in the United States, the mission of the National Pediatric Disaster Coalition (NPDC) is to advance community preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery for infants, children, and their families in disasters."

Protecting Children at Camp from Zika
Are your kids going away to camp this summer? Before they teach them about ways that they can prevent mosquito bites. Makee sure that they have packed a few basic supplies. Mosquitoes can spread viruses like Zika and West Nile. But by taking a few precautions, kids can have a healthier summer. Find out what you need to know and do to help keep your kids healthy. http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pdfs/protecting-children-camp.pdf

Parents and Kids Prepare for Emergencies Together
For many people, summer is vacation season! But it is also the season for disasters like tornadoes, wildfires and hurricanes. When you plan for disasters, don't forget to include your kids in the planning process. It can help them know what to do if there is a disaster. Ready to get started? Here are 5 great ideas from CDC.

Keep Your "Herd" Safe
In partnership with Scholastic, Save the Children recently released “Keep the Herd Safe,” which includes fun, educational classroom activities and worksheets, a family resource sheet, and Save the Children’s My In Case of Emergency (ICE) Card.

The resources were inspired by Ice Age: Collision Course™. The website also includes an animated public service announcement and the Prep Step song and music video.

Children and Disasters
American Academy of Pediatrics provides information on disaster preparedness to meet children's needs:

Role-Playing for Teen Resilience
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Published by RAND Corporation, The Hungrier Games: Disaster Resilience Skills for Youth offers scalable activities for teaching groups of high school youth about emergency preparedness, including a scavenger hunt. Download your free copy today!
Interactive Family Preparedness Program from Save the Children and Primrose Schools
This September and October, Save the Children’s Get Ready Get Safe initiative partnered with Primrose Schools® to help families prepare for emergencies. The nine-week series guided families through a preparedness checklist with blog posts, short videos, and resources to make emergency planning easy. Use this great series to prepare your own family and share with your schools and communities! Families start by taking a pledge and then create a home plan, build disaster supply kits, and note their emergency contacts.

To download the entire program, go to:

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School Emergency Planning
Are you a parent or caregiver of a school-aged child? Disasters can strike at any time, even during school hours. As a new school year begins, it’s important for you to know how your child’s school handles emergencies. The Ready Campaign suggests asking the following questions about your child's school emergency plan:
  • How does the school plan on communicating with you in the event of a disaster?
  • Does the school store adequate water, food and other basic supplies?
  • Does the school have a plan for students to shelter in place?
  • If not, where will students go if they must evacuate?
You can never be too informed when it comes to school safety plans. Popular preparedness blogger, The Survival Mom, lists other questions you might want to ask, so be sure to check out her blog.
If your child’s school doesn’t have an emergency plan, consider volunteering to help create one. Parents and caregivers will be better prepared to safely reunite with their child if plans are made ahead of time.

Children Separated by Disasters
"Five thousand one hundred and ninety-two children were separated from their parents during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. It took eight months after those storms made landfall to reunite the last child with their parents.
Following Hurricane Katrina, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) was named the lead agency for child reunification during disasters in the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act. NCMEC can offer technical assistance to emergency management and law enforcement agencies, disaster relief organizations, social services agencies, and the faith-based community to manage the daunting task of reunifying children who have been separated from their parents or guardians due to a disaster. With a multitude of resources and a network of partnerships, NCMEC can help to alleviate the burden on these agencies to field, assess, and investigate the multitude of phone calls and inquiries that would inevitably take up large amounts of time, energy, and resources in the midst of a disaster.

Working in collaboration with FEMA, NCMEC has developed the Unaccompanied Minors Registry (UMR) which is a free, online data collection tool – the first of its kind - that makes the swift reunification of children a top priority by creating a central location to share, store, and retrieve information on children separated as a result of a disaster.

Utilizing the UMR tool is a key part to a best-practice approach to reunification outlined and endorsed by reunification leaders in the forthcoming publication titled, “2013 Post-Disaster Reunification of Children: A Nationwide Approach."
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Pass or Fail – Disaster Preparedness 101
Here at FEMA, we talk a lot about ensuring your family and friends are prepared for an emergency. Well, recently FEMA’s own Director of Individual and Community Preparedness, Gwen Camp helped a family who thought they may be prepared determine whether they were really prepared for an emergency or not.
And if you think your family can use a review on what it means to really be prepared then head over to Ready.gov to take a few simple steps to get prepared.

Family Matters
Listed below are steps to encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses and communities. We want to encourage you – as individuals and families – to pledge to prepare during the month of September but we also want to encourage you and your family to make preparedness a part of your daily life every day moving forward. Here are three easy steps for you and your family to take to get involved and be better prepared:

Step 1: Pledge to Prepare
Ready.gov has tools and resources available to help get you and your family prepared for an emergency.

Step 2: Take a Free Online Preparedness Course
Developed in partnership with the Emergency Management Institute and in consultation with faith-based and community partners, FEMA’s “IS-909 Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone” training course will introduce you to a program for promoting individual and community preparedness through simple and engaging activities. The course is free, available online and is designed for anyone to use in coordination with your local emergency preparedness partners.

Step 3: Implement Simple Preparedness Activities
FEMA has made available to the public, free training and resources to help you and your family to take action and implement simple preparedness activities. Some of the simple activities include:

Preparedness Backpack
School bells are ringing for many students across the nation. As your child heads back to class, are they ready for emergency situations that can arise? Prepare yourself and children now to be disaster-ready throughout the school year. In addition to keeping your emergency contact information up-to-date at your child’s school, follow these steps:
  • Find out where children will be taken if they have to evacuate the school;
  • Ask if they store enough food, water and other supplies in case they have to “shelter-in-place;”
  • Designate a friend or relative to pick up your children in an emergency and make sure the school knows who that person is; and
  • Ask how they will communicate with families during a crisis.
Remember, back-to-school preparedness means more than buying notebooks and pencils! Visit the new Ready Kids site for valuable tools to help kids, parents and teachers prepare for emergencies.

Other Resources for Adults
Emergency Preparedness for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs: The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities and the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Family Voices, have partnered to recognize the unique experiences of families and health providers during emergency situations. This partnership has resulted in a collection of online family stories that highlight emergency preparedness for children and youth with special health care needs. Some stories are also featured on CDC’s 24/7 blog.

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For Children

Elmo and Raya Learn How To Prevent Mosquito Bites

Summer is here and lots of kids are playing outside. The team at Sesame Street is encouraging them to do it safely and avoid mosquito bites. Raya teaches Elmo to protect himself from mosquito bites by wearing pants and long sleeved shirts, using bug spray, and encouraging parents to put screens on windows and doors. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoeFzYN6H-U&feature=youtu.be

Building Resilience with Hunter and Eve
The Disaster and Community Crisis Center at the University of Missouri would like you to join woodland creatures Hunter the fox and Eve the owl in their forest adventures as they learn steps to stay safe, keep calm, solve prob­lems, and more! In the latest episode, Keeping Calm, Eve teaches Hunter how to use controlled breathing to calm his body and reduce his fears.

Activities for Kids
Ready.gov for Kids The site offers a new look and great disaster preparedness games for kids. There is a parent section with guidance on how to help your children cope during and after a disaster. The educators section has 4 downloadable curriculums for different grade levels. There are also emergency checklists for kids and parents that make preparedness easier. When disaster strikes help your kids and students be ready!

Elmo and Friends Teach Fire Safety
A newly released version of the Sesame Street® Fire Safety Program for preschool kids is now available! The U.S. Fire Administration, in collaboration with the Sesame Workshop, updated the program, which is designed to help educators and families teach children ages three to five essential fire safety information and skills.

Using familiar characters from Sesame Street, the Fire Safety Program illustrates ways to prevent fires and what to do if there is a fire. The program includes a teacher’s guide, a family guide, a CD with songs and stories, a coloring and activity booklet, and a poster. These materials are available for free in both English and Spanish at Sesame Street Fire Safety Program.

The Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) program educates and energizes 4th and 5th grade students during school about how to prepare for emergency scenarios. Students are taught life-saving emergency skills, so they can act as leaders in implementing key preparedness strategies at home and in their communities.

Other Resources for Children

Join Ready Wrigley as she and her family prepare for emergencies! Wrigley’s preparedness adventure will help you and your family get
ready for the unexpected. In an emergency, would you know what to do? Ready Wrigley Prepares for Hurricanes.

Fire Safety for Kids

Sesame Workshop: Resources on Emergency Preparedness

Disaster Hero: http://www.disasterhero.com/The web-based game focuses on what to do before, during, and after a disaster. Players learn about the types of disasters that can occur in their geographic region or state. The most common natural disasters - earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes - are used to teach the preparedness steps and to help users know how to prepare and what to do during and after an event. For example, arcade and puzzle gameplay is used to teach how to prepare for a possible natural disaster and how to stay safe afterwards, e.g., determining escape routes and meeting places, avoiding common hazards, or shutting off utilities. Hidden object gameplay is used to teach what items belong in an emergency supply kit, e.g., batteries, flashlight, canned food. Along the way, players will be quizzed on the information presented through gameplay.

Trinka and Sam and the Swirling Twirling Wind is a story book developed to help young children and their families begin to talk about feelings they may have after experiencing a tornado. In the story, Trinka and Sam, two small mice, become scared and worried after a severe tornado damages their community. The story describes their reactions and shows how their parents help them to express their feelings and feel safer. In the back of the booklet, readers will find a parent guide with ways that parents can use the story with their children.
Remember too, that we have Trinka and Sam: The Rainy Windy Dayin English and Spanish to help young children and their families cope after hurricanes, and Trinka and Sam: The Day the Earth Shook in English and Japanese to help young children and their families after earthquakes.