Children and young adults play an important role in family and community preparedness. When youth are empowered with training and information about preparedness, they help their families and friends become better prepared for an emergency or disaster.
During Youth Preparedness Week, the American Red Cross is urging children and young adults to take a preparedness action and share their knowledge with others. In conjunction with the MLK Day of Service, Red Cross youth and young adult volunteers canvassed neighborhoods in their communities with fire safety and preparedness information.
Incorporating children in your preparedness activities is easy and fun. Celebrate Youth Preparedness Week and help your family become better prepared by completing these simple tasks:
Download Disney’s Preparedness Activity Book
In partnership with the American Red Cross, Disney created Mickey and Friends Disaster Preparedness Activity Book, filled with fun, age-appropriate games and activities to help children learn about emergencies and hazards and how to prepare for them. Download the activity book — available in English and Spanish
Request a Youth Preparedness Training
Contact your local Red Cross chapter to learn what youth preparedness trainings and activities are available in your area. Some of the Red Cross’ youth trainings include The Pillowcase Project and Masters of Disaster. Contact your local chapter for more information
Learn about Emergencies and Hazards
Youth can learn about earthquakes, floods, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural and manmade disasters, as well as how to prepare for them, by visiting the Red Cross’ website
Build or Update a Disaster Kit
Engage children in building or updating your family’s disaster kit. Review the Red Cross’ recommendations for food and water supplies, and learn what items should be in your kit. Don’t forget “comfort items” — books, photos of loved ones, board games, favorite stuffed animals — to help your children cope post-disaster.
Download American Red Cross Preparedness Apps
Free preparedness apps – Earthquake, Hurricane, Tornado, Wildfire, and First Aid — are filled with information and tips to help you prepare for an emergency. You can complete a disaster plan and e-mail to loved ones. All preparedness apps are available on the Apple iTunes or Google Play stores.
More info: CPRS@redcross.org