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Preparedness for Children
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stuffed animal, doll, pacifier or blanket
baby wipes, feminine products, diapers, nursing pads
books, puzzles, games
nursing supplies, formula, pre-packaged baby food
infant/child fever reducer, rash ointment
Pick a safe spot to meet if separated such as a local school or library
A family contact who would not be affected by a local school or library
Cell phones should have "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) programmed into their contacts
Text messages can often get through, even when a phone call can't
Once your family is out of harm's way, children can still be frightened or confused. Here are some tips to help them feel safe again:
Limit TV time:
Intense media coverage of disasters can frighten young children and disturb teenagers as well.
Find out your child's concerns about the situation.
Let them know their safety is your top priority.
Changes in sleeping, eating and other behaviors can indicate distress. Seek professional support and counseling if they persist.
Help kids understand they're safe and secure by talking, playing and other family activities.
Keep calm and carry on:
Your child will learn how to deal with these events from you.
Make a point of showing sensitivity toward other families impacted by the disaster.
Help your children return to normal activities including school, sports and play groups.
Helping others can give your child a sense of control, security and empathy.
For more information on preparing children for emergencies please see the following:
Let's Get Ready
IS-36: Multihazard Planning for Childcare
IS-366: Planning for The Needs of Children in Disasters