• Include your children in family discussions and planning for emergency safety.

  • Teach your children their basic personal information so they can identify themselves and get help if they become separated from a parent or guardian.

  • Prepare an emergency card with information for your child, including their full name, address, phone number, parent’s work number and out of state contact.

  • Teach children to dial their home telephone number and Emergency 911.

  • Know the policies of the school or daycare center your children attend. Make plans to have someone pick them up if you are unable to get to them.

  • Make sure each child knows the family’s alternate meeting sites if you are separated in a disaster and cannot return to your home.

  • Make sure each child knows how to reach your family’s out-of-state contact person.

  • Teach children what gas smells like and advise them to tell an adult if they smell gas after an emergency.


  • Include a family picture and a favorite toy, game or book for each child in their go-bag.

  • Include your child’s emergency card and include information on reunification locations and out-of-area contact.

  • Provide comfort food and treats for each child in your family disaster supplies kit.

  • Keep a recent photo of your children in your go-bag.


  • Role-play with children to help them remain calm in emergencies and to practice basic emergency responses such as evacuation routes, Duck, Cover

  • Hold and Stop, Drop & Roll.

  • Role-play with children as to what they should do if a parent is suddenly sick or injured.

  • Role-play with children on what to say when calling Emergency 911