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Posted on: April 1, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Emergency Preparedness for Children

Prepare Children for Emergency

Helping kids prepare for emergencies can make them feel less stressed and safe during an emergency.

  • Teach them about natural hazards like earthquakes, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and snowstorms and what to do when they occur
  • Make a family emergency plan and prepare an emergency kit together
  • Teach your kids what to do in case of a fire
  • Make sure your kids know what to do at school if an emergency happens
  • Take their fears seriously and tell them it's okay to be scared
  • Explain the events as best you can
  • Tell your kids what you think and feel
  • Maintain familiar routines, like mealtimes and regular bedtime hours
  • Teach your children how to use 9-1-1

For more information on preparing your children for an emergency, please contact the Carbondale Office of Emergency Management at 618-457-3245.

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