Disaster Preparedness

Resources from NASN

Emergency Resources, Equipment and Supplies List for Schools

Emergency "GO-BAG" Supplies List

National Association of School Nurses. (2019). Emergency preparedness (Position Statement). Silver Spring, MD: Author.

School Emergency Triage Training - Available live or online.

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School Planning

Caring for Children in a Disaster: Schools and Childcare Centers
Resources from the CDC to help schools plan, prepare and respond to disasters.  

Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans
A 75-page guide for K-12 schools and school districts from the U.S. Department of Education and other U.S. agencies.

Prepare Your School
This American Red Cross web page introduces their program Ready RatingTM

Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic
This CDC campaign includes activities to help schools work with children on the basics of emergency preparedness and response using a fun, fictitious scenario for students to keep schools prepared for emergencies.

Community Planning 

Are You Ready? A GUIDE
This is an in-depth guide to citizen preparedness from FEMA.  

Department of Homeland Security 

Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series 
Resource collections from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration.

Medical Reserve Corps
A national network of local groups of volunteers committed to improving the public health, emergency response, and resiliency of their communities. 

Emergency Medical Services for Children | Innovatoin & Improvement Center

Emergency Preparedness and Response | Health and Safety Concerns for All Disasters
A CDC resource that addresses types of natural disasters, and health and safety concerns for all disasters. 

Plan & Prepare
Information from FEMA on how you can plan and prepare to protect your family, property, and community from natural and manmade disasters.

Prepare, Respond, Recover
Information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that assists the general public with planning, responding and recovering from natural and man-made disasters.

National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
The NCDMPH serves as the Nation’s academic center of excellence for education, training, and educational research in disaster medicine and public health preparedness, including resources related to children and schools.

Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism (2012)
A report from Trust for America's Health about protecting the public from diseases, disasters, and bioterrorism.

Ready Responder
A toolkit from FEMA for first responders and their families.

Planning and Coping for Children / General

Be a Hero!
An interactive website for kids, parents and educators from Ready.gov.  

Children's Psychosocial Needs in Disasters
An online learning object from the National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health. 

Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shootings
Tips from the American Psychological Association.

The Impact of Terrorism and Disasters on Children
An overview from the American Psychological Association that includes risk and protective factors.

Let’s Get Ready! 
Toolkits from Sesame Street including guides, videos, and more.  

Post Disaster Reunification of Children - A Nationwide Approach
A document from FEMA reflecting the nation's first attempt to establish a holistic and fundamental baseline for reunifying children separated as a result of a disaster.

Unaccounted For: A National Report Card on Protecting Children in Disasters
A report from Save the Children.

Planning and Coping for Children / Hurricanes

Hurricane Videos and Guides
These resources from Sesame Street includes videos and family guides.

Pandemic Flu

Pandemic Influenza
Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

School and Child Care Centers
Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Page last updated August 2019.