Be Prepared!

Survival Kit

Active Kids

You may have to leave your house during a disaster and may sleep somewhere else for a while. It’s smart to put together your own Kid’s Activity Survival Kit so you will have things to do and share with other kids. These can all be stored in a backpack or duffel bag. Just make sure you can carry it easily. Some suggested items for your Activity Survival Kit:

  • A few of your favorite books
  • Crayons, pencils or marking pens and plenty of paper
  • Scissors and glue
  • Two favorite toys such as a doll or action figure
  • One or two board games
  • A deck of cards
  • A puzzle (One with lots of pieces is good — it takes a long time to do!)
  • Small people figures and play vehicles that you can use to play out what is happening during your disaster — such as ambulance, fire truck, helicopter, dump truck, police car, small boats.
  • Favorite stuffed animal or puppet
  • Favorite blanket or pillow
  • Pictures of the family and pet
  • A “keep safe” box with a few treasures that make you feel special.

FEMA for Kids

Family preparedness means having an emergency supply kit, an emergency plan, and being informed about the different emergencies that can happen in your area and the appropriate responses. The resources below can help you prepare your family for any emergency and give you tips for talking with your child about being prepared.


Make your family ready for an emergency

  • Plan for Emergencies Watch these videos and learn more about preparing for emergencies.
  • Planning for Emergencies: A Family Guide Use this guide to create a personalized family plan so everyone is prepared for an emergency situation.
  • FEMA for Kids Being a Hero is Fun, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security site for Kids provides games, stories, kid’s activity survival kit ideas, and more so your child will feel ready to handle an unexpected event.
  • Danger Rangers Kids Safety Use these guides for information, tips, multimedia, links to resources, and more about lots of safety topics.
  • Fire Safety Resources Print out games, pamphlets, fact sheets, and other publications to help you and your family stay safe from fire dangers.


Watch videos, sing songs, and explore an interactive house with your child to get everyone involved in being prepared and staying safe.

just for kids

book ideas

These webpage have great recommendations for books to read with your child about being prepared for natural disasters.