National Preparedness Month: How to teach kids about preparedness

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Get the whole family involved in your family’s emergency preparedness plan. Review your family emergency communications plan with kids at your next household meeting. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Make sure you are familiar with the evacuation and reunification plans for your child’s school. Know how your child’s school will communicate during an emergency.
  • Make sure kids have emergency contacts memorized or written down in a secure place.
  • Make sure everyone, including children, knows how and when to call 911 for help.
  • Talk to your kids about what to do in case you are separated. Create a family password or phrase to prevent your child from going with a stranger. 
  • Include your child's favorite stuffed animals, board games, books or music in their emergency kit to comfort them in a disaster.

Ready Kids has tools and information for kids, teens, families, and educators and organizations to help before, during and after disasters.

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