Children & Preparedness

Involving children in getting ready is the first step in helping them know what to do in an emergency. There are many ways children can help.

INVOLVE CHILDREN
  • Ask them to think of items that they would like to include in an emergency supply kit, such as books or games and food that won’t spoil.
  • Children can help mark the dates on a calendar for checking emergency supplies and remind you to check the supplies. Remember to rotate or replace emergency food, water, medicine, and batteries as necessary.
  • Children can also help prepare plans and disaster kits for family pets.

Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Children and Disasters

Monster Guard:
Monster Guard app

Monster Guard is the first mobile app created by the American Red Cross that’s designed specifically for kids. Follow Maya, Chad, Olivia and all the monsters as they teach kids (aged 7-11) about how to prepare for real-life emergencies-at home plus other environments-in a fun and engaging game. Sponsored by Disney, this free app is available to download on iOS and Android mobile and tablet devices.

Care Connection for Children:
Emergency Preparedness for Families of
Children with Special Needs

Ready.gov:
Ready Kids Activity Book

Ready.gov:
Family Supply List
Also available in Spanish

Ready.gov:
Word Search
Also available in Spanish

Ready.gov:
Crossword Puzzle

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Blackout Fact Sheet for Kids

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Droughts Fact Sheet for Kids

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Earthquakes Fact Sheet for Kids

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Extreme Heat Fact Sheet for Kids

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Floods Fact Sheet for Kids

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Home Fires Fact Sheet for Kids

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Hurricane Fact Sheet for Kids

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Landslides Fact Sheet for Kids

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Space Weather Fact Sheet for Kids

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Thunderstorm and Lightning Fact Sheet for Kids

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Tornado Fact Sheet for Kids

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Tsunamis Fact Sheet for Kids

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Volcanoes Fact Sheet for Kids

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Wildfires Fact Sheet for Kids

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Winterstorm and Extreme Cold Fact Sheet for Kids

Emergency Survival Program:
Activity Book for Kids
Also available in Spanish.

Ready.gov – Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Ready.gov for Kids web site

Dr. Lucy Jones, USGS:
Earthquake ABC
A Child’s View of Earthquake Facts and Feelings
With a Parent’s Guide to Earthquakes

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Adventures of Julia and Robbie: The Disaster Twins

American Red Cross:
Be Ready Book 123
Also available in
Spanish and
Vietnamese.

American Red Cross:
Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book
Also available in
Spanish and
Vietnamese.

Los Angeles County Public Health:
A Children’s Primer on Emergency Preparedness
Also available in
Arabic
Armenian
Chinese
Farsi
Khmer
Korean
Russian
Spanish
Tagalog
Thai, and
Vietnamese.