• 1. Learn about different kinds of weather events.
    No matter where you live, there are things you can do to help yourself, your family, and your community prepare for disasters, handle them effectively when they happen, and return to normal after they are over. Go to the FEMA for Kids: Be Prepared in Every Situation web page. Click on Step 1: Know the Facts and explore the types of weather events. Which ones are most commonly found in your state?

    2. Make a family emergency plan.

    Click on Step 2: Make a Plan. Complete the Talk It Out Activity. This will help your family to decide the following:

    • how to get in touch with one another
    • where to meet near your home or outside of your neighborhood if you have to evacuate, or leave
    • how to remain in contact
    • what to do if you are at school
    • what to do about your pets

    Then print out and complete the Just-in-Case Family Plan and make sure each member of your family has a copy. Use posterboard and markers to create a colorful poster that also includes this information.

    3. Create a list of supplies for your family’s emergency supply kit.
    Click on Step 3: Build a Kit and read about why it’s important that every family have an emergency supply kit in their home. Print and read the Family Supply List and check off the supplies you need for your kit.

    4. Create your family’s emergency supply kit.
    Gather and make sure you have everything on the list of supplies. Keep the supplies in a plastic tub or all together in one easy-to-find place in your home. Add information about the emergency supply kit to your poster. Then hang your poster of the emergency plan nearby. Make sure all of your family members know where to find the supply kit and what the emergency plan is for your family.

  • Materials You Provide

    • Colored pencils
    • Crayons
    • Markers
    • Posterboard

    Required Technology

    • Internet Access: Required
    • Tech Setup: 1 computer per small group
  • Background Information

    Every person and family needs to plan for what might happen during an extreme natural event or natural disaster. It’s important to know how to stay safe when the unexpected happens.


    Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    extreme natural event Noun

    short-term changes in the weather or environment that can have long-term effects, like a storm or earthquake.

    natural disaster Noun

    an event occurring naturally that has large-scale effects on the environment and people, such as a volcano, earthquake, or hurricane.