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HHS HealthBeat (July 29, 2013)

Kid jitters and emergencies

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Emergency Guide

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Keeping little ones calm during emergencies can be difficult.  Make sure you explain your family’s emergency plan to them well before an emergency.

Different places like daycares and schools have different plans.  Understand those plans and explain them in kid-language before a disaster to reduce their anxiety if disaster strikes.

Psychologist Dr. Dan Dodgen is with HHS’s Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 

“Particularly for parents, it is important to remember to monitor media to make sure that children aren’t getting exposed to too much information over the air.”

Young children may interpret a replay as a separate event. 

Parents - remember that children often follow your lead.  If you keep calm, there’s a greater chance they will too.

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HHS HealthBeat is production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: July 29, 2013