Children may be especially vulnerable during a disaster. For families with children, having a plan is a critical element in their disaster readiness. There are numerous considerations that should be taken into account when preparing your family and children for a disaster. One important element is to communicate with children about why you are preparing, what they may expect during a disaster and what role they will play. Effective communication can remove some uncertainty and anxiety, even in young children. Start by developing a plan, and if appropriate, include children in the process. For tips on how to develop a plan, please visit: http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan.
Here are some considerations especially for children:
- Formula or other special dietary considerations
- Powdered milk
- Moist towelettes
- Diaper rash ointment
- Toys/comfort items
Youth between the ages of 14 and 18, may visit: www.rivcocert.org for information about free disaster training in our Teen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course!
Here are other valuable websites with more information about disaster planning for children: