Helping Kids Be Prepared, Stay Safe and Build Resilience
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How to Prepare Kids for Emergencies and Disasters
Save the Children is the national leader for children in emergencies. America’s 74 million children are safer today because we helped set the national standards for protecting children in emergencies.
When a crisis strikes, being prepared is one of the most important things you can do protect your children and families. After the disaster, it is important to help children cope with the after-effects they may experience. Save the Children urges parents and caregivers to talk to their children about emergencies and disasters. Our experts have compiled these tips to help keep kids safe when disaster strikes.
Tips for Keeping Children Safe Before, During and After a Disaster
Tornado Safety Tips
Tornadoes are more common in the U.S. than any other country. To learn more about keeping children safe before, during and after a tornado, read these tornado safety tips.
Hurricane Safety Tips
Hurricanes are scary and disruptive for kids – they can take children away from their homes, their schools and their friends. Learn more about hurricane safety and how you can be prepared if disaster strikes.
Earthquake Safety Tips
Earthquakes are caused by the breaking and shifting of rock beneath the earth’s surface. They can strike without warning and can occur at any time. Learn what you should do to keep your family safe with these earthquake safety tips.
Flood Safety Tips
Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters in the U.S. Here are 10 tips on how to keep children safe before, during and after a flood.
Keeping Children Safe in a Fire
Fires and burns are one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of 15. Learn more about how preventing fire is key to keeping children safe.
Wildfire Safety Tips
Four out of five wildfires are started by people’s negligence. Save the Children offers 10 tips for keeping children safe in a wildfire.
Helping Children Cope with Terrorism
Save the Children keeps children safe – including after acts of terrorism. Here are 10 tips on how to help children cope with the after-effects of a terrorist attack.
Winter Weather Safety Tips
Low temps can lead to dangerous conditions for kids – and injuries too. These tips from our emergency response experts can ensure that kids stay safe and warm in winter.
Violence and School Shooting Safety Tips
Today, many students participate in active shooter drills at school. Their awareness of school shootings can lead to emotional conversations filled with complex questions. Here are tips to help you talk to children about school shootings.
Tips for Talking to Kids About Racism and Social Justice
Every child has the right to grow up healthy, educated and safe – regardless of race, gender or socioeconomic status. Systemic change to end racism is essential to achieving this vision. Learn about how you can talk to your kids about racism & social justice.
How to Help Children with Difficult Transitions
Childhood is a time of transition. Some transitions that kids make can be a bit scary at first, like removing a pair of training wheels, and other transitions are more difficult to navigate. Learn about how you can talk to your kids about difficult transitions..
Save the Children's Disaster Response and Recovery Programs
Disasters are scary and disruptive for kids – they take children away from their homes, their schools, their friends, and can have lasting consequences. That’s why Save the Children’s response teams are on the front lines of every major emergency in America, helping meet children’s most urgent needs.
- Keeping Kids Safe and Cared For
We get critical family supplies – like diapers and wipes, cribs, strollers, infant washbasins and hygiene kits – into the hands of moms and dads who need them most after disaster strikes. We also setup safe play areas in shelters – called Child Friendly Spaces – where kids can be kids again, express themselves and begin to cope, while their parents can rest, get help and start their family’s recovery.
- Restoring Child Care and Education
We work to make sure kids and families have access to safe, quality early education after emergencies. We provide child care centers and preschools with supplies, funding and support to help them reopen quickly.
- Helping Kids and Families Cope
Our Save the Children-designed social and emotional program, Journey of Hope, helps children understand and cope with the stress, fear, loss and trauma that can come in the wake of a disaster.
- Helping Communities Bounce Back
We help children, families and communities bounce back from disaster, and be ready for the next. Through our Prep Rally games and activities, we teach children across America critical emergency preparedness and resilience skills. We also train parents, educators and community leaders to take action to keep kids safe before and after disaster.
Great Disaster Resources from Our Partners
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Child Safety & Prevention
US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness & Response
Early Childhood Disaster-Related Resources
American Red Cross
Be Red Cross Ready family preparedness tools
Zero to Three
Helping Young Kids Cope After Exposure to Traumatic Event
American Academy of Pediatrics
Disaster Planning Standards and Resources for Child Care Providers. Visit Disaster Planning Standards & Resources for Child Care Providers
FLASH (Federal Alliance for Safe Homes)
Severe weather risks U.S. Map
CDC' Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response
Ready Wrigley Activity Books for Children
US Department of Education
Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center
Additional Disaster and Emergency Resources
- Disaster Checklist for Parents
- Disaster Checklist for Parents Full Size Display Poster
- Disaster Checklist for Parents en Español
- Disaster Checklist for Care Providers
- Disaster Checklist for Care Providers Display Poster
- Disaster Checklist for Care Providers Display Poster en Español
- What to Ask Your School or Care Provider Checklist
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