Early Childhood Disaster-Related Resources for Children and Families
Natural and manmade disasters can happen anywhere and at any time. Making sure you and your family are READY can make a big difference when disasters strike.
As your child’s primary caretaker, confidant, and teacher, your support can have the biggest impact on how your child recovers and heals after disasters.
Check out the fact sheets, guides, family tools, and activities for young children below that can help you and your entire family prepare, respond to, and recover from disasters.
- Ready.gov for Kids! — a resource from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- Parent Toolkits to help your family prepare for disasters, including checklists, coping with disasters, and a family plan.
- Preparedness tips, toolkits, and information for families, parents, and parents-to-be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Sesame Workshop has created Let’s Get Ready! Planning Together for Emergencies with tips, activities, and other easy tools to help the whole family prepare for emergencies — together!
- Early Childhood Development in Emergencies — guidance to help train and support parents and caregivers prepare for and respond to disasters from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
- Early Child Development Kit: A Treasure Box of Activities to provide parents and caregivers age-appropriate activities.
- Early Childhood Trauma Resources from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
- Psychological First Aid Kit from NCTSN: Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informed approach for assisting children, adolescents, adults, and families in the aftermath of disaster and terrorism.
- Parent Tips for Helping Infants and Toddlers after Disasters (also available in Spanish, Chinese and Japanese).
- Parent Tips for Helping Preschool-Age Children after Disasters (also available in Spanish, Chinese and Japanese).
- Responding to Children's Emotional Needs During Times of Crisis: tips for parents and caregivers on communicating with children about terrorism and other disasters from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
- Early Childhood Development in Emergencies — guidance from UNICEF to help train and support parents and caregivers prepare for and respond to disasters.
- School Safety and Crisis Resources from the National Association of School Psychologists.
- FEMA Helping Children Cope
- Disaster-Specific Pages - National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
- What You Should Know about Emotional Impacts of Fire (Residential fires and Wildfires)
- What You Should Know about Epidemics (Pandemic Flu and SARS)
- Hurricane Tools and Links
- Parent Guidelines for Helping Children after Hurricanes (Spanish)
- After the Hurricane: Helping Young Children Heal Tip Sheet
- Trinka and Sam: The Rainy Windy Day (Spanish)
- Earthquake Tools and Links
- Floods Tools and Links
- Tornadoes Tools and Links
- Parent Guidelines for Helping Children after a Tornado
- After the Tornado: Helping Young Children Heal Tip Sheet (Spanish)
- Tornado Recovery for Kids
- Tsunamis Tools and Links
- NCTSN Symptoms and Behaviors Associated with Exposure to Trauma
- Unaccompanied Minors Registry (UMR), administered by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), supports the ability to collect, store, report, and act on information related to children missing or lost as a result of a disaster.