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Caring for Children in a Disaster

Parents, teachers, doctors and nurses are just some of the people who can help children get ready for and cope with disasters. Parents and parents-to-be can prepare so that the family can stay as safe as possible during and after a disaster. Schools and childcare centers can stay prepared, too. Check out these resources to help keep kids safe in an emergency.

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  • Being prepared
  • Info for parents and parents-to-be
  • Info for kids


Emergency & Health Professionals

  • Info for Evacuation Centers
  • Preparedness Resources for Pediatric Health Professionals


Schools and Childcare Centers

  • Emergency Planning
  • Helping Children Cope
  • Safer Schools


Public Health Matters Blog

Helping Children Cope With a Disaster
It is difficult to deal with something that you don’t understand. Children often become distressed after a disaster, especially if it has directly impacted them or someone they care about.


Additional Resources

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