Children can be especially sensitive to the emotional stress of an emergency. Parents can help prepare children by including them in the planning process and answering their questions about safety. Make sure your children take part in your preparation process and ensure that you have included supplies that make them feel comfortable and safe.
Additionally, be sure to teach your children the following:
Know your child’s school or day care emergency plan. Find out where children will be taken in the event of an evacuation during school hours. Keep your contact information up-to-date at your child’s school. Authorize a friend or relative to pick up your children in an emergency and let the school know who that designated person is. Put your child’s emergency plan card on file at his or her school.