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This is the fourth and final planning component of National Preparedness Month, “Teach Youth About Preparedness.”

We saved the best reminder for the last! Who better to teach about planning for future disasters than our own community youth. Discussions about preparedness should be positive and empowering. Start the conversation by using simple questions, “Do you know what to do if you are separated from a family member in a store?” “What if you were separated from them during an emergency?” Provide children with reassurance, give them actionable information, and help address their unique concerns.

Practice makes perfect so involve youth in preparing your household and community emergency plan. Consider what unique items they may need in an emergency kit.

For preparedness talking tips, games, and build-a-kit lists, specific for children and youth, visit: https://www.ready.gov/kids