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Emergency Preparedness

  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Children and Disasters
    Disaster Preparedness to Meet Children's Needs ~ Pediatricians can serve as expert advisors to local, state, and federal agencies and committees and play a key role in disaster and terrorism preparedness with families, children, and their communities.
  • American Red Cross
    The American Red Cross offers resources to help families prepare for natural and human-caused disasters. Resource materials available that can be used to help children in school and home settings to prepare for natural and man-made disasters, respond safely to emergencies and recover from trauma.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    The Emergency Preparedness and Response website is CDC's primary source of information and resources for preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response in Child Care
    Emergency preparedness and response (EPR) rules went into effect in North Carolina on July 1, 2015. The rules are designed to assist licensed child care programs to be adequately prepared to deal with the needs of children and others on site in the event of disasters and emergencies. Information is available on the Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) website about the rules and the EPR in Child Care training.
  • Head Start ~Early Childhood Health and Wellness
    Tip sheets, checklists, and resources that offer guidance and techniques to cope with emergencies and disasters.
  • Keeping Kids Safe From Fire
    The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reviews and collects resources that can be used in public outreach activities to help keep children safe from fire. Explore materials to learn more about discussing fire safety for children with parents, teachers and other caregivers.
  • Ready
    Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. Ready and its Spanish language version Listo ask individuals to do three key things: (1) build an emergency supply kit, (2) make a family emergency plan and (3) be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.
  • What Happened to MY World? Helping Children Cope with Natural Disaster and Catastrophe
    Resources and materials from Bright Horizons Family Solutions on children and stress, including suggestions of ways to support children during difficult times.

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