Children's Needs

Things to Keep them Occupied

Keeping children occupied can be a challenge. The following are suggestions for a "survival kit" for kids:

  • Books, crayons and paper, puzzles, small toys, cards, board games.
  • Stuffed animal, favorite blanket and pillow.
  • CD player with favorite songs or tape player with earphones.

Talking with Your Child

Children's imaginations can run wild, and adults should take these feelings seriously. When talking to your child, be sure to present a realistic picture. After a disaster, children most fear:

  • They will be separated from their family.
  • The event will happen again.
  • Someone will be injured or killed.
  • They will be left alone.
Remember, overexposure to the media can be traumatizing to a child. It is best not to let children view repeated footage of traumatic situations and events.