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Preparing Children & Teens

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:

Here are some considerations especially for children:

  • Formula or other special dietary considerations
  • Diapers
  • Bottles
  • Powdered milk
  • Medications
  • Moist towelettes
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Toys/comfort items

Youth between the ages of 14 and 18, may visit: 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: