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Children and Youth Preparedness Social Media Toolkit

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

  • Ensure children are included in preparedness conversations
  • Learn the building blocks of preparedness − Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Get Involved.
  • Know the emergency plan for your child’s school and child care facility
  • Practice evacuation plans and other emergency procedures with children on a regular basis
  • Learn different ways to help children cope during and after an emergency
  • Make sure children have emergency contacts memorized or written down in a secure place
  • Teach kids when and how to call important phone numbers like 911

Hashtags & Emoji’s

  • #YouthPrep
  • #GetReady 
  • #ReadyKids
  • #PrepareAthon if you are conducting a preparedness exercise, tabletop discussion, or sharing a preparedness-in-action moment.
  • Feel free to add emoji’s (the little pictures on your mobile phone keyboard) to your social messages.

Graphics, Videos, & Related links

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.

Social Media Posts

This content is less than 140 characters and can be used on various social media channels.


  • BEFORE an emergency, teach your child how to dial 911 #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:  1.usa.gov/1JwEwRG #YouthPrep
  • Practice how to communicate in an emergency with kids. Find ways here: 1.usa.gov/1JwEwRG #YouthPrep
  • Update school records and discuss emergency contact numbers with kids before they go #BackToSchool 1.usa.gov/1rTLEjY  #YouthPrep
  • When the kids go #BacktoSchool update your family communication plan: 1.usa.gov/1rTLEjY #YouthPrep
  • Add kids school social media info to the family communication plan: 1.usa.gov/1rTLEjY #YouthPrep
  • Download @IceAge @SavetheChildren In Case of Emergency cards to connect w/loved ones: bit.ly/1Um38SK #YouthPrep
  • Review your family emergency communications plan with kids at your next household meeting. #YouthPrep
  • Emergencies can happen anytime, and less than half of American families have a communication plan. Plan ahead: 1.usa.gov/1JwEwRG #YouthPrep
  • Spread the #YouthPrep message to friends & family! Be sure your family has an emergency communications plan: 1.usa.gov/1JwEwRG
  • Kids, parents, & educators, visit the Ready Kids web pages in Spanish: www.ready.gov/es/ninos #YouthPrep

Emergency Kit

  • Include your child's medication or supplies in your family’s emergency kit. More tips visit: ready.gov/kit #YouthPrep
  • Include your child's favorite stuffed animals, board games, books or music in their emergency kit to comfort them in a disaster. #YouthPrep
  • Get the kids involved in building their own emergency kit: www.ready.gov/kids/build-a-kit  #YouthPrep
  • Kids bored? We can help. Check out our online Ready Kids Build A Kit game: http://1.usa.gov/1SYkfGC  #YouthPrep
  • Kids can #BeAForce... by playing the online emergency preparedness "Build a Kit" game: http://1.usa.gov/1SYkfGC #YouthPrep


  • 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 important family documents on your phone in a safe secure app. Keep hard copies in secure place. #YouthPrep
  • Emergencies can happen anytime. Ensure your child is prepared for the unexpected: bit.ly/2a5vFN8 #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 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: http://go.usa.gov/NYVT #YouthPrep
  • Is your teen looking for ways to help before, during, & after disasters? Try Teen CERT: bit.ly/aboutteencert #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: http://bit.ly/2aa0BtW #YouthPrep
  • Create a family password or phrase to prevent your child from going with a stranger. #YouthPrep
  • Allow children to be a part of the emergency planning process #YouthPrep
  • Nearly 70M children are in school/child care each workday. Families must 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 #NatlPrep
  • Does your child know how to do the Prep Step? Find out here: bit.ly/2a39Z4J #youthprep
  • Your kids can become Disaster Masters w/ this @Readygov preparedness game: http://1.usa.gov/1tPxHEG #YouthPrep
  • Help teach kids and their families how to be safe and prepared for public health emergencies with 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: go.usa.gov/NrFk #YouthPrep
  • Help kids learn more about Wireless Emergency Alerts w/ this word search game: 1.usa.gov/28MNZfp #YouthPrep
  • 4th and 5th Grade Teachers: STEP up and use this emergency preparedness curriculum: 1.usa.gov/1VktDue #YouthPrep
  • Teaching kids about disaster prep is important. See the 9 steps @FEMA @RedCross @usedgov have for #YouthPrep  http://bit.ly/2axiPcl
  • Make learning about lightning safety fun for kids w/ interactive @NOAA games and experiments: 1.usa.gov/1JVlINb #YouthPrep
  • Make #firesafety fun for kids w/ the @sesamestreet and @usfire Fire Safety Program: 1.usa.gov/1MZbA6u #YouthPrep
  • Encourage students to join Teen CERT so they can respond during emergencies. Learn more: bit.ly/aboutteencert #YouthPrep
  • Youth can make a difference in their community as a member of the Youth Preparedness Council: 1.usa.gov/1TUOROl  #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: 1.usa.gov/23C7hWJ #YouthPrep
  • Sign-up for the Children & Disasters Newsletter to learn about #YouthPrep programs: bit.ly/1TPEMSu #YouthPrep
  • For more information & resources about Children & Disasters visit: www.fema.gov/children-and-disasters #YouthPrep


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