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The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) website has kid-focused tools and information to help before, during and after a disaster. Kids can create disaster-readiness plans and play interactive games to learn about disaster preparedness and response.


The National Child Traumatic Stress Network publishes a handout, Parents Tips for Helping School-Age Children After Disasters, that provides parents with common reactions after a disaster, ways to respond to those reactions, and examples of things you can say to your school-age child.

3. Save the Children

Save the Children has Disaster Prep Rally Lesson Books and Resource Guides in English and Spanish, a Reading to Ready book list, and other resources to prepare a family for emergencies.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has significant resources for parents and caregivers following a disaster event, including resources with graphics, in Spanish, and an ASL videophone. SAMHSA also hosts the Disaster Distress Helpline. Calls and texts to 1-800-985-5990 are immediately answered by trained counselors. Also available: Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event

5. Red Cross

The Red Cross’ Disaster Relief and Recovery Services includes a vast resource library of tools for children and families, such as Project Pillowcase, Prepare with Pedro activities and challenges, and Recovering Emotionally.

6. Family Emergency Preparedness

The Family Emergency Preparedness initiative provides resources to support storm preparedness campaigns that are valuable education tools for government agencies, schools, businesses, community organizations, and citizens.

*The authors and publishers of this book do not endorse any resource or guide referenced. The list caters publicly available resources from government agencies and reputable non-profit partners.

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