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Child, Family Focused Links for Threat, Hazard and Disaster Risk Reduction
The following list of curated resources combines child, family centric preparedness and alert apps, tools, information and resources that are no cost, open access and public domain. Topics covering general disaster readiness along with specific threats and hazards children and families need to reduce their risk. Please scroll down to view the complete list. Report any broken links by emailing nationalpedicoalition@gmail.com


Children & Disaster Threat, Hazard/Risk Assessment and Resilience
Hazard Vulnerability Analysis Template (Region V for Kids) https://emscimprovement.center/domains/preparedness/asprcoe/region-v-for-kids/hazard-vulnerability-analysis-metrics/

Children and Disaster Hazard Awareness All-Hazards Infographic (Region V for Kids)
https://media.emscimprovement.center/documents/3.29.2023_Final_All_Hazards_Pedi_Risks_1.pdf

Understanding the Impacts of Natural Disasters on Children (Society for Research in Child Development): https://www.srcd.org/research/understanding-impacts-natural-disasters-children

Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool (RAPT) (FEMA): https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/practitioners/resilience-analysis-and-planning-tool

Climate and Resilience Portal (Center for Climate Resilience and Decision Science) https://disgeoportal.egs.anl.gov/ClimRR/

Weather and climate resources (NOAA) https://www.noaa.gov/tools-and-resources/weather-and-climate-resources

Introduction: Children Count in Disasters (Natural Hazards Center) https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/children-and-disasters

Man-Made Disasters (Child Life Disaster Relief) https://cldisasterrelief.org/resources/man-made-disasters/

UNICEF Innocenti’s Report Card 17 – Places and Spaces: Environments and children’s well-being
https://www.unicef-irc.org/places-and-spaces

Resilient Nation Partnership Network (FEMA) https://www.fema.gov/partnerships/resilient-nation-partnership-network

Storytelling to Promote Action: The Big One (PrepTalks FEMA) https://youtu.be/Enefnd7r2ck


Disaster Readiness Mobile APP’s for Families and Children
Let’s Get Ready App (Sesame Street) Apple: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/lets-get-ready/id903134141?ls=1 Search also Google:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.sesameworkshop.PSEG.GetReady

Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Digital Toolkit (Region V for Kids) http://bit.ly/3IwdG0Y

FEMA Mobile Products: https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-products

Red Cross Mobile Apps and Voice-Enabled Skills/Actions: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps.html

CDC Mobile Apps: https://www.cdc.gov/digital-social-media-tools/mobile/applications/cdcgeneral/promos/cdcmobileapp.html

Disaster Mobile App (SAMSHA): https://store.samhsa.gov/product/samhsa-disaster

ShakeAlert: An Earthquake Early Warning System for the West Coast of the United States: https://www.shakealert.org/


Child and Family Preparedness Activities
When & how to call 911. Teaching children how to call 911 using various phones. (About Kids Health 2020) Video https://youtu.be/JdKG_L5YuB8

Know Your Address and Phone Number (Sesame Street) https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/emergency-preparedness/?activity=know-address-phone-number

Are you prepared for disasters family readiness kit (AAP) https://downloads.aap.org/AAP/PDF/disasters_family_readiness_kit.pdf

NCMEC Family Emergency Playbook (video, infographics, guidance) https://www.missingkids.org/ourwork/disasters

FEMA Welcome to Ready Kids, Teens, Families, Educators, and Organizations (videos, games, and programs) https://www.ready.gov/kids. Games for Children (FEMA) https://www.ready.gov/kids/games

FEMA Prepare with Pedro (multiple languages) https://www.ready.gov/kids/prepare-pedro

Building Links between Offices of emergency management, Childcare, and the community for Kids Safety (all hazards) https://blocksusa.org/

Trina and Sam (all hazards info for kids) https://piploproductions.com/stories/trinka-and-sam/

Ready Wigley Series: Covers all Hazards (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/orr/readywrigley/books.htm

Here for Each Other Family (Sesame Street) https://sesameworkshop.org/resources/here-for-eachother/

911 for Kids https://911forkids.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=37&Itemid

FEMA Youth Preparedness Council https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/individuals-communities/youth-preparedness-council

Teen CERT Train the trainer (Community Emergency Response Team) https://www.ready.gov/kids/teen-cert


Wildfire and Smoke
Evacuating Under Fire: Children with Special Healthcare Needs in Disaster (Natural Hazards Center)
https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/evacuating-under-fire-children-with-special-healthcare-needs-in-disaster

The Big Disaster: The Big Burn podcast series (NPR): https://www.npr.org/podcasts/674580962/the-big-disaster-the-big-burn

Smokey for Kids Preventing Wildfires (Smokey Bear): https://smokeybear.com/en/smokey-for-kids

Sparky's Fire Safety Club (NFPA) https://www.sparky.org/meet-sparky

Wildfires (FEMA Ready Kids) https://www.ready.gov/kids/disaster-facts/wildfires

Wildfires (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/index.html

Wildfires: What Parents Need to Know (AAP) https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-home/Pages/Wildfires-Information-for-Parents.aspx

Wildfire Resources (The National Child Traumatic Stress Center) https://www.nctsn.org/what-is-child-trauma/trauma-types/disasters/wildfire-resources

Environmental Hazards for Children in the Aftermath of Wildfires (PEHSU/AAP) https://wspehsu.ucsf.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Wildfires_Recovery_Phase.pdf

Children's Health and Wildfire Smoke Exposure Workshop Recommendations (AirNow)
https://www.airnow.gov/sites/default/files/2022-01/childrens-health-wildfire-smoke-workshop-recommendations.pdf

Protecting Children from Wildfire Smoke and Ash (EPA/PEHSU)
https://www.pehsu.net/_Library/facts/PEHSU_Protecting_Children_from_Wildfire_Smoke_and_Ash_FACT_SHEET.pdf

Ready Wrigley Prepares for Wildfires and Smoke (CDC) (English) https://www.cdc.gov/orr/readywrigley/documents/CDC_CPR_RW_Prepares-for-Wildfires_FINAL.pdf
(Spanish) https://www.cdc.gov/orr/readywrigley/documents/CDC_CPR_RW_Prepares-for-Wildfires_FINAL_esp.pdf


Hurricane/Tornado
On the Road to Routine: Disruption and Recovery After Hurricanes (Natural Hazards Center)
https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/on-the-road-to-routine-disruption-and-recovery-after-hurricanes

Sesame Street Goes Through A Storm (Sesame Street) https://youtu.be/SEz1yb3WPwA

Trinka and Sam: The Rainy Windy Day (NCTSN) https://www.nctsn.org/resources/trinka-and-sam-rainy-windy-day

#HurricaneStrong for Kids(FLASH: A NOAA partner) https://hurricanestrong.org/kids/

Supporting Children in All the Spheres of Their Lives: Lessons from Katrina (Natural Hazards Center) https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/supporting-children-in-all-the-spheres-of-their-lives-lessons-from-katrina-1

Witness a Mock Tornado Drill Hunter Elementary (video) https://youtu.be/50EPN3QJ4ZA

Hurricanes & Floods: (HealthyChildren/AAP) Taking Care of Your Children and Yourself: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/emotional-wellness/Pages/Responding-to-Childrens-Emotional-Needs-During-Times-of-Crisis.aspx

Still At Risk U.S. Children 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina (Save The Children)
https://www.savethechildren.org/content/dam/usa/reports/emergency-prep/disaster-report-2015.pdf

Hurricane Resources National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
https://www.nctsn.org/what-is-child-trauma/trauma-types/disasters/hurricane-resources

Hurricanes (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/index.html

Hurricanes (FEMA Ready Kids) https://www.ready.gov/kids/disaster-facts/hurricanes

Tornado Resources National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
https://www.nctsn.org/what-is-child-trauma/trauma-types/disasters/tornado-resources

10 Tornado Safety Tips to Keep Kids Safe (Save the Children) https://www.savethechildren.org/us/what-we-do/disaster-relief-in-america/tornado-tips-for-parents

Tornados (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/tornadoes/index.html

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Annual Tornado Report https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/access/monitoring/monthly-report/tornadoes/202213

National Weather Service (NWS), NOAA, and Mississippi State’s Tornado Database https://www.midsouthtornadoes.msstate.edu/


Severe Weather/Blizzard/Snow/Excessive Heat/Climate Change
Severe Weather Emergencies (CDC)
https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/severe-weather-emergencies.html

Weather STEM Lesson: Severe Weather Lightening Awareness (WeatherSTEM Scholar) https://learn.weatherstem.com/modules/learn/lessons/108/index.html

Heat and Infants and Children (CDC)
https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/children.html

Extreme Temperatures: Disaster Management Resources (AAP)
https://www.aap.org/en/patient-care/disasters-and-children/disaster-management-resources-by-topic/extreme-temperatures/

Parents and Coaches Guide to Dehydration and Heat Illness in Children (National Safe Kids Campaign and NATA) https://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/heat-illness-parent-coach-guide.pdf

Winter Weather (FEMA Ready Kids)
https://www.ready.gov/kids/disaster-facts/winter-weather

18 Winter Tips for Parents and Children (Childhood Preparedness) https://bit.ly/3tW0uzh

Playing outside in the Winter (AAP Healthy Children): https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-play/Pages/Winter-Safety.aspx

Artic Cold Front: Preparing Your Children for the Coldest Temperatures of the Season (Cook Childrens) https://www.checkupnewsroom.com/arctic-cold-front-preparing-your-children-for-the-coldest-temperatures-of-the-season-dallas-fort-worth-weather/

Winter Safety Tips for Parents and Children (NLM) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2794526/

Ready Wrigley Preparedness for Extreme Temperatures: (CDC) (English and Spanish)
https://www.cdc.gov/natural-disasters/communication-resources/ready-wrigley-prepares-for-extreme-heat-activity-book.html

Climate Resiliency in Your Community Activity Book (NOAA) https://www.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/2022-07/Activity_Book_Online_Final_Small_07.13.22.pdf

Legacy of disasters: The impact of climate change on children (Save the Children) https://resourcecentre.savethechildren.net/pdf/3986.pdf/


Earthquakes/Tsunamis
Rocket Earthquake Safety: (RocketRules.org & Hero In You Foundation) https://rocketrules.org/earthquake-activity-books-videos/

The Great ShakeOut Website (ShakeOut.org): https://www.shakeout.org/

Earthquake Country Alliance: https://www.earthquakecountry.org/

The Big One: Your Survival Guide Podcast Series (NPR) https://laist.com/podcasts/the-big-one

Earthquakes (FEMA Ready Kids) https://www.ready.gov/kids/disaster-facts/earthquakes

Earthquakes (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/earthquakes/index.html

Earthquake Resources (NCSTN) https://www.nctsn.org/what-is-child-trauma/trauma-types/disasters/earthquake-resources

Ready Wrigley Book Earthquake (CDC) English https://www.cdc.gov/cpr/readywrigley/documents/13_241737_Ready_Wrigley_earthquakes_508.pdf
Spanish https://www.cdc.gov/cpr/readywrigley/documents/13_241737_ready_wrigley_earthquakes_spanish_508.pdf

10 Earthquake Safety Tips to Keep Children Safe (Save the Children) https://www.savethechildren.org/content/dam/usa/reports/emergency-prep/GRGS-EARTHQUAKE-SAFETY.PDF

Earthquakes for Kids (USGS) https://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/kids/

Staying Safe in an Earthquake (Rocket Rules Safety Program) Video https://youtu.be/ay5lTN81u1Q

Kids Earthquake Safety - (Disaster Dodgers) Video https://youtu.be/d08QUmxzdKU

Earthquakes What Every Child Provider Should Know (FEMA) https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2020-03/earthquakes_what-child-care-providers-need-to-know.pdf

Tsunamis (FEMA Ready Kids) https://www.ready.gov/kids/disaster-facts/tsunamis

Tsunamis (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/tsunamis/index.html

Tsunami Resources (NCSTN) https://www.nctsn.org/what-is-child-trauma/trauma-types/disasters/tsunami-resources


Flooding/Landslides
Floods (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/index.html

Floods (FEMA Ready Kids)https://www.ready.gov/kids/disaster-facts/floods

Hurricanes & Floods: (HealthyChildren/AAP) Taking Care of Your Children and Yourself: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/emotional-wellness/Pages/Responding-to-Childrens-Emotional-Needs-During-Times-of-Crisis.aspx

Flooding Aftermath & Children's Health (PEHSU) https://www.pehsu.net/Flooding_Aftermath.html

Flooding Resources (NCSTN)
https://www.nctsn.org/what-is-child-trauma/trauma-types/disasters/flood-resources

Mold in the Home and School: Guidance for Parents, Families, and School Personnel (PEHSU) https://www.pehsu.net/_Library/facts/R6_Mold_in_the_Home_and_School-final.pdf

Landslide Resources (NCSTN) https://www.nctsn.org/what-is-child-trauma/trauma-types/disasters/landslide-resources

Landslides and Mudslides (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/landslides.html

Landslides Lesson for Kids (Study.com)
https://study.com/academy/lesson/landslides-lesson-for-kids.html

Earth Observatory for Kids (NASA) https://www.hw.ac.uk/documents/Post4-EOKids_Landslides.pdf


Active Shooter/Blast Trauma/Civil Unrest
Best Practice Considerations for Armed Assailant Drills in Schools (NASP) https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-safety-and-crisis/systems-level-prevention/best-practice-considerations-for-armed-assailant-drills-in-schools

Participation of Children and Adolescents in Live Crisis Drills and Exercises: Policy Statement (AAP) https://publications.aap.org/pediatrics/article/146/3/e2020015503/36710/Participation-of-Children-and-Adolescents-in-Live?autologincheck=redirected

Tips for Protecting Children in Violence-Based Emergencies (Save the Children)
https://www.savethechildren.org/content/dam/usa/reports/emergency-prep/GRGS-VIOLENCE-EMERGENCIES-TIPS.PDF

Lockdown Drills Self Paced Training Highlights (NCSS) https://www.nc2s.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Lockdown-Drills.pdf

The Bullet Points Project https://www.bulletpointsproject.org/

Averting Targeted School Violence: A US Secret Service Analysis of Plots against Schools https://bit.ly/3lH4gVj

Mass Shooting Protocol & Playbook for Mayors and City Managers https://unitedonguns.org/

K-12 Standard Response Protocol (Iloveuguys Foundation) https://iloveuguys.org/

K-12 School Shooting Database (The violence project) https://k12ssdb.org/

Creating School Active Shooter Intruder Drills (NCSTN)
https://www.nctsn.org/resources/creating-school-active-shooter-intruder-drills

Active Shooter Resources (FBI)
https://www.fbi.gov/about/partnerships/office-of-partner-engagement/active-shooter-resources

Mass Shooter Database (The Violence Project) https://www.theviolenceproject.org/mass-shooter-database/

Oklahoma City Bombing (FBI) https://www.fbi.gov/history/famous-cases/oklahoma-city-bombing

Paediatric Blast Injury Field Manual (Save the Children) https://resourcecentre.savethechildren.net/document/paediatric-blast-injury-field-manual/

Paediatric Blast Injury Field Manual (Center for Blast Injuries Studies) muli-lingual resource https://www.imperial.ac.uk/blast-injury/research/networks/paediatric-blast-injury-field-manual/

Beirut Explosion: One Year Later, One Family's Story (Save the Children)
https://www.savethechildren.org/us/charity-stories/children-stories-from-beirut-lebanon

Pediatric Blast Trauma: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Factors Associated with Mortality and Description of Injury Profiles (May 2022) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35603691/

Planning for Civil Unrest (AAP) https://players.brightcove.net/6056665225001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6301586302001

TearGas and Children Fact Sheet (WRAPEM) https://wrap-em.org/index.php/dim-menu/67-public/97-covid-19-and-mis-c/440-tear-gas-fact-sheet-2


Radiologic/Nuclear
Radiation Emergencies and Children (CDC)
https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/radiation-emergencies.html

Radiation Surge Annex Workshop Modules (WRAP-EM) 3 module series
https://wrap-em.org/index.php/education/recordings/rad-surge-annex-workshop

Pediatric Considerations Before, During, and After Radiological or Nuclear Emergencies Technical Report (AAP) https://publications.aap.org/pediatrics/article/142/6/e20183000/37501/Pediatric-Considerations-Before-During-and-After

Planning Guidance for Response to Nuclear Detonation (FEMA) https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_nuc-detonation-planning-guide.pdf

Children and Radiation Training (WHO)
https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/WHO-HSE-PHE-AMR-09.01.08

Children of the Atomic Bomb (UCLA) https://www.aasc.ucla.edu/cab/index.html

Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM): https://remm.hhs.gov/index.html
Infants and Children- https://remm.hhs.gov/radiation_children.htm
Pregnant Women and Fetus - https://remm.hhs.gov/specialpops.htm

Pediatric Medical Countermeasures Resources for Public Health Preparedness (FDA) https://bit.ly/2WyoJjH

Radiation Emergencies and Children (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/radiation-emergencies.html

Medical Countermeasures for Children in Radiation and Nuclear Disasters: Current Capabilities and Key Gaps https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6497563/pdf/nihms-1506758.pdf

National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health: Radiation Disaster Issues in Children: Knowledge Check, Primer, and Case-Based Activity. https://ncdmph.usuhs.edu/education/resources/pediatric-preparedness-radiation

Radiation Injury Treatment Network (RITN) https://ritn.net/

National Alliance for Radiation Readiness: https://www.radiationready.org/

Radon Toxcity (CDC) https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/radon/cover-page.html

Radon in Schools and Childcare: (Mass.gov) https://bit.ly/3SLkwWX

Radon and Children's Health (Oregon Health) https://bit.ly/3OvW0pZ

What are the Health Effects of Radon (EPA) https://bit.ly/3SKxHao


Chemical/Biological
Teens in a Toxic Environment: Lessons from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (Natural Hazards Center)
https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/teens-in-a-toxic-environment-lessons-from-the-2010-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill

Public Health Research and Surveillance Priorities from the East Palestine, Ohio Train Derailment: A Recorded Workshop (NASEM) https://bit.ly/3MwdCB1

Medical Countermeasures- Expanding Delivery and Increasing Uptake Through Public-Private Partnerships: A Workshop Series (NASEM) https://bit.ly/473x1Sp

Chemical Emergencies and Children (CDC)
https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/chemical-threats.html

Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit National Classroom https://www.pehsu.net/nationalclassroom.html

Decontamination: Disaster Management Resources (AAP)
https://www.aap.org/en/patient-care/disasters-and-children/disaster-management-resources-by-topic/decontamination/

Preparation for Terrorist Threats: Biologic and Chemical Agents (article) https://downloads.aap.org/AAP/PDF/Preparation_for_Terrorist_Threats_Biologic_and_Chemical_agents.pdf

National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC) https://netec.org/

Pediatric Medical Countermeasures Resources for Public Health Preparedness (FDA) https://bit.ly/2WyoJjH

Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) https://chemm.hhs.gov/index.html


Volcanoes
Volcanos (Ready Kids):https://www.ready.gov/kids/disaster-facts/volcanoes

What to Do Before, During, and After a Volcanic Eruption (MAT-SU): https://matsugov.us/document/what-to-do-before-during-and-after-a-volcanic-eruption

Be Ready for the Next Volcanic Event (USGS): https://www.usgs.gov/programs/VHP/be-ready-next-volcanic-event

Volcano Safety Tips (Red Cross): https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/volcano.html

Talking about Disasters: Volcanos (Red Cross): https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDF_s/Preparedness___Disaster_Recovery/Disaster_Preparedness/Volcano/volcanoes.pdf

Protecting Children's Health During and After Natural Disasters: Wildfires and Volcanic Ash (EPA): https://www.epa.gov/children/protecting-childrens-health-during-and-after-natural-disasters-wildfires-volcanic-ash


Cyber and Digital Safety
Kids & Screen Time: How to Use the 5 C's of Media Guidance (AAP) https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/Media/Pages/kids-and-screen-time-how-to-use-the-5-cs-of-media-guidance.aspx

NetSmatz (NCMEC) https://www.missingkids.org/netsmartz/home

Parenting, Media, and Everything in Between (Common Sense Media)https://www.commonsensemedia.org/articles

A Parent's Guide To Ensuring Their Children's Digital Privacy (Masters of Legal Studies) https://masteroflegalstudies.com/resources/ensuring-childrens-digital-privacy/

Internet Safety for Kids (Consumer Notice)
https://www.consumernotice.org/data-protection/internet-safety-for-kids/

Keeping Children Safe Online (CISA) https://www.cisa.gov/news-events/news/keeping-children-safe-online

Family and Educator Resources (Savvy Cyber Kids) https://savvycyberkids.org/