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FAMILY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Cope with Disaster
strike quickly and without warning. These events can be traumatic for adults, but they are frightening
for children if they don't know what to do.
disaster, children may have to leave their homes and daily routines.
They may become anxious,
confused or frightened. As an adult, you'll need to cope with the disaster and also give your children
crucial guidance about how to respond.
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross have
prepared this brochure to help you help your children cope. Ultimately,
you should decide what's best for your children,
but consider using these suggestions as guidelines.
Children and Their Response to Disaster
depend on daily routines: They wake up, eat breakfast, go to school,
play with friends. When emergencies
or disasters interrupt this routine, children become anxious.
disaster, they'll look to you and other adults for help. How you react
to an emergency gives them clues about how to act. If you react with
alarm, a child
may become more scared. They see our fear as proof that the danger is
fears also may stem from their imagination, and you should take these feelings seriously. A
child who feels afraid is afraid. Your words and actions
can provide reassurance.
fear are healthy and natural for adults and children. But as an adult, you need to keep control of
the situation. When you're sure that danger has passed,
concentrate on your child's emotional needs by asking the child to
explain what's troubling him or her. Your response during this
"problem time" may have
a lasting impact.
that after a disaster, children are most afraid
the event will happen again.
someone will be injured or killed.
they will be separated from the family.
they will be left alone.