Preparing Children

Disasters can happen quickly and without warning. These events are frightening for adults, but they can be traumatic for children. As a parent or guardian, you will need to cope with the disaster in a way that will prevent you children from developing a sense of loss.

Parents should know that children may have different reactions and feelings in response to a disaster. They may need special attention from you. It is important to remember to

  • Speak your child’s language. Explain things to your young child using words they understand.
  • Let you child ask questions. Answer all questions calmly and provide plenty of opportunities to talk.
  • Let your children know they are safe. Tell them about firemen, policemen, and other rescue personnel who help during disaster. 

Other resources, apps, and games for preparing children: