Homes that are prepared can reduce the fear, anxiety, and losses that surround a disaster. They can be prepared to evacuate their homes, survive a period of home confinement, make their stay in public shelters more comfortable, and attend to their basic medical needs. They can even save each other's lives. Talk to your family about emergency preparedness so everyone knows what to do.
Talking ahead of time helps reduce fear, especially in younger children. Planning for the unexpected starts with becoming aware of the most likely natural disasters in your area and making a plan for you and your family. That starts with talking about what to do when there's an emergency. Supplement your good start with tips and ways to efficiently create an emergency plan by reviewing this additional information.
Nobody wants to think about the worst-case scenarios; however, it's best to prepare for disasters by spending time creating an emergency plan. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's emergency preparedness and response website provides a wealth of information on different types of disasters, including bioterrorism, radiation and chemical emergencies, mass victims, recent outbreaks and incidents, and disasters natural and inclement weather conditions. Educating about disasters and how they affect youth and adults, developing a plan, practicing implementing the plan in an authentic and organized manner, and making sure you have the supplies to support your family in the event of an emergency is a crucial part of preparing families for disasters. In addition to knowing the different types of disasters, it is also important for families to know how disasters can affect young people as a result of their anatomical and physiological differences.
A key part of the family emergency planning effort is developing a disaster preparedness kit with supplies to help your family for up to 72 hours in the event of a disaster. Just as it is important for young people to receive information about disasters, it is also important for parents and families to be aware of the different types of disasters and how they affect young people. Translated into 27 languages, the Help After a Disaster brochure is a tool that can be shared in your community to help people understand the types of FEMA assistance that may be available to help individuals and families recover from a disaster.