Natural and manmade disasters can happen anywhere and at any time. Emergency preparedness at work, at home, and in the community is everyone's responsibility.
Millions of young children are in early childhood centers or homes on a daily basis. Making sure you are ready to keep yourself and the children in your care safe when a disaster strikes is of upmost importance. As a trusted and loved figure in children’s lives, you are also on the front lines of helping children recover and heal after disasters.
These resources can help you and your program with disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
- Child Care Resources for Disasters and Emergencies from the ACF Office of Child Care.
- Emergency Preparedness Resources from the Office of Head Start
- Emergency Preparedness Resources for Schools and Childcare Centers Visit disclaimer page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Multihazard Planning for Childcare Visit disclaimer page , a free online course developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
- Infant Feeding During Disasters, an infographic developed by ACF to help mothers and caretakers continue feeding their infants during a disaster.
- Emergency Response and Recovery Resources from the Office of Head Start.
- Resources for Early Childhood Trauma Visit disclaimer page from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).
- Disaster-Specific Resources Visit disclaimer page to help respond to children's needs after a disaster:
- Interactive Activities for Kids! Check out NCTSN's resources:
- Early Childhood Development in Emergencies Visit disclaimer page , resources from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), to help support caregivers in preparing for and responding to disasters.
- Early Child Development Kit: A Treasure Box of Activities for Kids! A resource from UNICEF that gives caregivers age-appropriate activities to play with children.
- Child Care Resources for Disasters and Emergencies from the Office of Child Care.
- Emergency Response and Recovery Visit disclaimer page , resources from the Office of Head Start.
- The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Visit disclaimer page , provides resources for caretakers and families on promoting social-emotional health in young children.
- Back to School Resources for School Personnel (PDF) Visit disclaimer page , a collection of resources compiled by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) that highlight issues related to trauma, including how it affects children and how schools can support students and families who have been impacted by trauma.
- The Psychological and Behavioral Impact of Trauma: Preschool Children (PDF) Visit disclaimer page resource from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NTCSN).
- Psychological First Aid Manual Visit disclaimer page , a resource from NCTSN to assist children, adults, and families in the aftermath of disaster and terrorism. The manual is available in English, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese. (The manual is available in English, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese).
- Unaccompanied Minors Registry (UMR) Visit disclaimer page , administered by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) Visit disclaimer page , supports the ability to collect, store, report, and act on information related to children missing or lost as a result of a disaster.
- Early Childhood Mental Health Resources Visit disclaimer page from ZERO TO THREE.
- Coping with Disasters Visit disclaimer page , a collection of resources from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
- Responding to Children's Emotional Needs During Times of Crisis Visit disclaimer page , a collection of tips for parents and caregivers on communicating with children about terrorism and other disasters from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
- School Safety and Crisis Resources Visit disclaimer page , materials from the National Association of School Psychologists.