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Children and Youth Preparedness Social Media Toolkit

The Children and Youth Preparedness Toolkit has safety and preparedness messages you can share on your social media channels. You can either copy these messages directly or customize them to reach your audience.

How to Use this Toolkit

The Children and Youth Preparedness Toolkit has safety and preparedness messages you can share on your social media channels. You can either copy these messages directly or customize them to reach your audience.

What you should know about Youth Preparedness

Mother talking about preparedness planning with her children

Include children in preparedness conversations.

Daughter sits with her parents as they build an emergency kit together

Learn the building blocks of preparedness − Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Get Involved.

Children raising their hands in a classroom as the teacher selects a participant

Know the emergency plan for your child’s school and child care facility.

Two parents walking with their kids from their house

Practice evacuation plans and other emergency procedures with children on a regular basis.

Mother comforting her daughter

Learn different ways to help children cope during and after an emergency.

Kids texting on their cell phones

Make sure children have emergency contacts memorized or written down in a secure place.

Child reviewing a checklist for preparedness planning with their parent

Teach kids when and how to call important phone numbers like 911.

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Social Media Posts

This content is less than 280 characters and can be used on various social media channels. We recommend personalizing and tailoring these posts for your social media followers. You can combine different posts, add specific ideas, tell your own story or add emojis to make the posts engaging.

Teach your child how to dial 911 BEFORE an emergency #YouthPrep
Make sure everyone, including children, knows how and when to call 911 for help #YouthPrep
Make sure all family members know how to send a text message in case of an emergency #YouthPrep
Who’s your emergency contact? Make sure the kids know who it is and practice with them #ReadyKids
Practice how to communicate in an emergency with kids. Find ways here: https://www.ready.gov/kids/make-a-plan #YouthPrep
Update school records and discuss emergency contact numbers with kids before they go: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/34330 #BackToSchool #YouthPrep
When the kids go #BacktoSchool update your family communication plan: https://www.ready.gov/kids/make-a-plan #YouthPrep
Make sure you can get updates from your kids' school in an emergency. Add school social media and contact info to your family communication plan: https://www.ready.gov/kids/make-a-plan #YouthPrep
Download @SavetheChildren In Case of Emergency cards to connect with loved ones in an emergency: https://www.savethechildren.org/content/dam/usa/reports/emergency-prep/emergency-contact-cards.pdf #YouthPrep
Review your family emergency communication plan with kids during your next household meeting. #YouthPrep
Spread the #YouthPrep message to friends & family! Be sure your family has an emergency communications plan: https://www.ready.gov/kids/make-a-plan
Kids, parents & educators: the #ReadyKids tips and resources are also available in Spanish! Visit www.ready.gov/es/ninos #YouthPrep
Include your child's medication and supplies in your family’s emergency kit. For more tips, visit ready.gov/kit #YouthPrep
Include your child's favorite stuffed animals, board games, books or music in your family’s emergency kit to comfort them in a disaster #YouthPrep
Get kids involved in building their own emergency kit! Make it a family activity or part of a game and explain how the kit will help them. More tips: www.ready.gov/kids/build-a-kit #YouthPrep
Kids bored? We can help. Check out our online #ReadyKids Build A Kit game: https://www.ready.gov/kids/games #YouthPrep
Kids can learn by playing the online emergency preparedness "Build a Kit" game: https://www.ready.gov/kids/games #YouthPrep
For more information & resources about ways to help children cope during a disaster by visiting: www.fema.gov/children-and-disasters #YouthPrep
Emergencies can leave kids feeling insecure. Help kids cope during & after emergencies: www.ready.gov/kids/parents/coping #YouthPrep
Help children cope after a disaster by being calm and reassuring. Discuss plans for safety: https://www.ready.gov/kids/parents/coping #YouthPrep
Help kids cope after disasters by shutting off the TV. Young kids may think the event is reoccurring: https://www.ready.gov/kids/parents/coping #YouthPrep
Help kids cope after disasters by monitoring how much news coverage they watch. Young kids may think the event is reoccurring. #YouthPrep
Finding support from friends, family, and community organizations can help kids cope with #disasters. #YouthPrep
Help your child cope during an emergency by being alert for significant changes in their behavior #YouthPrep
Talk with your child about their school’s emergency drills. #YouthPrep https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/all-around/Pages/Actions-Schools-Are-Taking-to-Make-Themselves-Safer.aspx
Need tips for talking to your kids about natural disasters? Visit www.ready.gov/kids/parents #YouthPrep
Kids home today? Play #ReadyKids online emergency preparedness games: https://www.ready.gov/kids/games #YouthPrep
Store digital copies of important family documents online with password protection. Make sure you can access documents with your phone or a computer, no matter where you are. Keep hard copies in a secure place. #YouthPrep
Emergencies can happen anytime. Help your child to be prepared for the unexpected: www.ready.gov/kids #BackToSchool #YouthPrep
Parents: Get the 4-1-1 on School Safety during an emergency: http://bit.ly/2axHk6u #BacktoSchool #YouthPrep
Speak Up! Ask your child’s teacher about the plans the school has in place for emergencies. #BacktoSchool #YouthPrep https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/all-around/Pages/Actions-Schools-Are-Taking-to-Make-Themselves-Safer.aspx
Email, voice, or text. What will your child’s school use to communicate with you during an emergency? Find out: http://bit.ly/2axHk6u #YouthPrep
Many Americans aren’t familiar with their child’s school evacuation & reunification plans. Are you? #YouthPrep
Talk to your kids about what to do before, during, and after a disaster. Know the facts: https://www.ready.gov/kids/know-the-facts #YouthPrep
Is your teen looking for ways to help before, during, & after disasters? Try Teen CERT: www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness #YouthPrep
Have kids? Ask your child's school for a copy of their emergency plan for you to keep at home & work #YouthPrep
#BackToSchool Tip: Create a backpack emergency card that your child can keep with them: https://bit.ly/2HNBHPS #ReadyKids
Allow children to be a part of the emergency planning process #YouthPrep
Nearly 70 million children are in school or child care each workday. Families should plan how to reunite during an emergency. #YouthPrep
Check out these tools to start your family emergency plan today: www.ready.gov/kids/make-a-plan #YouthPrep
Does your school have a plan for tornadoes, earthquakes and other disasters? Planning tips: http://go.usa.gov/NrHB
Does your child know how to do the Prep Step? Find out here: bit.ly/2a39Z4J #YouthPrep
Your kids can become Disaster Masters with this @Readygov preparedness game: www.ready.gov/kids/games/data/dm-english/index.html #YouthPrep
Help teach kids and their families how to be safe and prepared for public health emergencies with @CDCemergency’s Ready Wrigley http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/readywrigley/ #YouthPrep
Are your students prepared for an emergency? Download curriculum for grades 1-12 for your classroom: https://www.ready.gov/kids/educators #YouthPrep
4th and 5th grade teachers: STEP up and use this emergency preparedness curriculum: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/110946 #YouthPrep
Teaching kids about disaster prep is important. See the 9 steps @FEMA @RedCross @usedgov have for #YouthPrep: http://bit.ly/2axiPcl
Make #firesafety fun for kids with the @sesamestreet and @usfire Fire Safety Program: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/sesame_street_program.html #YouthPrep
Encourage students to join Teen CERT so they can respond during emergencies. Learn more: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/28048 #YouthPrep
Youth can make a difference in their community as a member of the Youth Preparedness Council: https://www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness-council #YouthPrep
Preparedness can be as easy as teaching children the “Prep Step”: bit.ly/2a39Z4J #YouthPrep
Show students the Prep Step while learning about emergency preparedness: bit.ly/2a39Z4J #BackToSchool #YouthPrep
Start a program for kids to get involved in disaster preparedness. Tips & Tools: http://bit.ly/2amSUDi #YouthPrep
Find programs and resources tailored to youth in this Youth Preparedness Catalog: https://www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness #YouthPrep
There are many resources for organizations that work on addressing the needs of children during disasters. Find information and links to these resources at www.fema.gov/children-and-disasters #YouthPrep
Get involved in a local Teen Community Emergency Response Team. Find opportunities here #YouthPrep
Check out emergency preparedness volunteer opportunities with Teen CERT: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/28048 #YouthPrep
Involve your friends by starting a #YouthPrep program. Tips & Tools: https://www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness #YouthPrep
Stay in the know about emergencies with the FEMA app: www.fema.gov/mobile-app #YouthPrep
Your community needs YOU! Find opportunities to help your community here: https://www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness #YouthPrep
Anyone can start a youth preparedness program, let it be you: https://www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness #YouthPrep
Check out the @AmerAcadPeds Children and Disasters Web site www.aap.org/disasters
Connect with a trained counselor after a disaster by calling 1-800-985-5990 or texting TalkWithUs to 66746 #YouthPrep
Prepare your pediatric practice in advance of disasters to better assist children. The @AmerAcadPeds Preparedness Checklist for Pediatric Practices can help: www.aap.org/disasters/checklist #YouthPrep
Clinicians have key roles to play in preparing and treating families in disasters and emergencies: www.aap.org/disasters/preparednessmonth #YouthPrep
The unique needs of children mandate specialized planning for disasters. See the Ensuring the Health of Children & Disasters AAP policy: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2015/10/13/peds.2015-3112 #YouthPrep
Communication between public health/pediatrician leaders during a response to a public health emergency is crucial. www.aap.org/disasters/tabletop #YouthPrep

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For more engaging content, attach graphics that are sized appropriately for specific social media posts (i.e., Twitter & Facebook).  Below are collections of children and youth-related graphics that you can share with our social media copy.