Author: Yong-Bee Lim, Graduate Student Intern,Division for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Community Resilience
Hurricanes, floods and other disasters can be scary for anyone – but they are particularly hard on kids and families need to be ready to respond to emergencies together. Planning discussions and preparedness steps should not just include adults; children can and should be involved, too. Including your children in your family’s disaster preparedness planning can help give them the confidence to deal with unexpected situations and mitigate feelings of anxiety and powerlessness in an actual emergency.
Wondering how to get started? Fun, interactive resources are available to help children and teenagers become part of your family’s emergency planning and preparedness process:
Still looking for more ways to plan and prepare with your children? Visit FEMA’s page on youth preparedness.
Have you and your family found ways to get your kids involved in the family’s disaster plan? Let the community know what worked well - or didn’t – in a comment to this blog post.