Mental Health

Reducing the Effects of Trauma Through Emergency Preparedness

Being prepared before a disaster happens will make it easier for everyone to cope and recover during and after an emergency. Emergencies often happen suddenly and can be devastating to programs and communities. Everyone who sees or experiences an emergency is affected by it in some way. Profound sadness, grief, and anger are normal reactions during or after an emergency. Everyone has different needs and different ways of coping. Difficult memories of the disaster can be triggered by certain loud noises, weather events, or news clips from the emergency. This may be true even years later.  Emergency preparedness is the process of taking steps to ensure your early childhood education program is safe before, during, and after an emergency.

The Emergency Preparedness Manual

Use this manual to help early childhood education programs in making a plan that will help keep their program, center, or home safe during an emergency.

Ways to Be Prepared

Disasters happen in all communities and they are becoming increasingly severe. The best way to protect your early care and education program is to prepare for emergencies before they happen.