Are Your Kids Prepared For Emergencies?

Emergency Preparedness For All Kids and Teens.
How should an emergency manager or any other emergency planner make sure that all children, also those with functional or access needs, temporary illnesses, or chronic conditions, are included in all aspects of emergency planning?

Emergency preparedness is included in a school curriculum, kids and teens are taught skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, creativity, leadership, and communication and even social studies practice tests include questions and solutions for real-world problems in regards to disaster preparedness. It allows generating awareness of emergency and feeling prepared.

Also, there is a toolkit “Emergency Preparedness For All Children” available at schools. This toolkit is providing child-focused emergency planning and offers useful response tools to be used by:

  • shelter workers
  • emergency managers
  • families
  • organizations providing care for children

Which tools for emergency planning are available for organizations and managers that are providing the needed care for these children and their families?

What should these parents be doing to get prepared for, respond to, and how to recover when they are struck by a wildfire, hurricane, or some other disaster?

This toolkit is providing support and organizational planning for evacuations, sheltering, and when children have to stay in general shelters.

Proper use of the toolkit will help to make sure that children and those who take care of them are included in all planning processes and policies within their communities. If you click on the link, you can read how some Mid-Atlantic states set up the Mid-Atlantic Regional Emergency Transitional Initiative, a great example of how to get communities ready for unexpected situations. These tools and guidance instructions were developed by the IPS (Inclusive Preparedness Center) to support local and state organizations that are responsible for developing child emergency evacuation plans.

These planning tools are available for the support of all children and their families:

Family Disaster Readiness (FDR) Planner or Child Disaster Readiness (CDR) Planner
The FDR (Family Disaster Readiness) Planner, a tri-fold tool for planning. Here, various pictures are showing disaster examples to help families start planning their family disaster readiness. The FDR Planner is recommending the family to work with a local service provider agency, trusted church, or some other agency to set up or improve their disaster readiness plan.  The Planner is helping families to:

  • Identify the most important family emergency supplies needed for a child
  • Understand the most effective methods for families to communicate during disasters
  • Identify important medical contact information for a child
  • Encourage family responsibility in taking action steps to improve family readiness

The FDRPlanner toolkit is helping families with making key decisions so their children and the entire family will be able to safely shelter in their own place, transition properly to one of the area’s general shelters, or, when needed, evacuate the area.

To help families identify what their family members and their children may be facing during and after a disaster is, among other tasks, part of the framework of the FDR Planner. So make sure you’re ready for the coming years!

The Family Guide to Shelters
This great Family Guide to Shelters is actually a poster where family responsibilities and expectations are listed when they need to stay at a general community shelter.  It stands beyond doubt that families, and all members, have clear responsibilities when it comes to the well-being and overall care of their children and themselves. Keep in mind that practically everything can be learned in twenty hours!

The poster indicates clearly that shelter workers can be expected to provide water, food, or any other services and means to cover the most basic and essential needs of children and other family members during the sheltering period.

The Family Guide to Shelters comes in a variety of sizes and is a great and very useful handout for all support organizations, local outreach programs, family and child support services, and emergency preparedness agencies and initiatives. The Guide promotes emergency preparedness for families and their children and it emphasizes that all children have the right to public shelter in case of for an emergency.