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Integrating the Needs of Children

October 2021

Children comprise a large portion of every community, and it is important that we as a nation are prepared to address their disaster-related needs from the onset of planning. This may include providing age-appropriate supplies, establishing child care and educational facilities, or delivering human services. FEMA designed the new Community Preparedness: Integrating the Needs of Children workshop to bring together emergency managers and child-serving organizations that are responsible for the care of children and youth to support and build collaboration among local governments, emergency managers, and community-based organizations that serve children.

In this workshop, you will learn how to identify the unique needs of children and their families while recognizing the organizations and requirements that help keep children safe and healthy during disasters. The workshop includes seven modules and can be delivered in-person or online. In-person options include plans for delivering the workshop as a single day, two-day, or three-day course. Instructions are also included for virtual facilitation.

After completing the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the disaster-related needs of infants, children and youth, and the importance of integrating these needs throughout emergency preparedness plans and your community’s emergency management programming.
  • Identify key stakeholders to include disability experts in planning efforts.
  • Assess policy and program planning requirements.
  • Describe the importance of embedding child safeguarding principles throughout a community’s emergency management program.

Visit the course page to download the instructor and participant guides, as well as workshop PowerPoint slides.

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