Youth Disaster Preparedness

Youth & Disasters

Disasters affect everyone. And so it takes everyone- youth, parents, and community members- to help prepare. Considering that children comprise approximately 25 percent of our population, disaster planning, response, and recovery efforts must take into account children’s unique needs. Children also bring unique strengths to emergency preparedness. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

Children are positive influencers. Children can effectively bring the message of preparedness home to their families.

Children can become leaders. By participating in preparedness activities as youth, children are empowered to become leaders at home and in their schools and communities.

Children who are prepared are more confident during disasters and emergencies. Evidence supports the idea that children who have learned about emergency preparedness experience less anxiety during an actual disaster or emergency.

Montana Youth Take Action!

A group of fourth graders at Kennedy Elementary School in Butte, Montana are disaster preparedness ambassadors! The Blizzard Wizards learned the importance of preparedness and researched preparedness recommendations from the Montana Dept. of Transportation and Montana Disaster and Emergency Services.  The Blizzard Wizards shared what they learned with classmates, parents, and faculty.

The group concluded that a fully stocked backpack with preparedness supplies is important and can be taken on car trips when heading out to hunt, ski, sled, or hike!

Backpack Survival Kit

The Blizzard Wizards recommend that you include the following items in your kit:

  • Winter Survival Handbook
  • Matches (in a waterproof container) and a lighter
  • Candles
  • First aid kit
  • Lightweight tarp or plastic
  • Space blanket
  • Handsaw or hatchet
  • Water
  • Whistle
  • Signal mirror
  • Compass and topographical map
  • Commercial fire starter
  • Surgical tubing – good for drinking from streams
  • All Purpose Knife
  • Rope
  • Tissue or paper towel
  • High-energy food – sugar, candy, raisins, trail mix, soup, hot chocolate mix, and bouillon cubes
  • Tape
  • Cell phone

More Resources

FEMA is accepting Youth Preparedness Council applications!
FEMA is looking for youth leaders between the ages of 12 and 17 who are engaged in individual and community preparedness or have experienced a disaster that has motivated him or her to make a positive difference in his or her community. Council members act as national advocates for youth disaster preparedness. Click here to learn more.

Be a Preparedness Hero!
Click here for additional resources, games, and information for kids, parents, and teachers.

Butte- Silver Bow Office of Emergency Management
Emergency preparedness is everyone's responsibility. To learn more about the Butte- Silver Bow Office of Emergency Management, click here.


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