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Every day, the 24-hour news cycle floods our feeds with reports of natural disasters, hate crimes, terrorist attacks, active shooters, and suffering all across the globe. Though the odds are slim that your family will be directly involved in an emergency, it's always better to be prepared just in case the unthinkable happens. Not only does preparedness save lives, but it also gives both parents and children a sense of security and control during these turbulent times.

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1. How emergencies affect children emotionally

While many kids’ reactions to disasters are short term, there are several factors that put some at risk for longer-term psychological distress. These factors might include:

  • Direct exposure to the disaster, such as witnessing injury, experiencing an injury, or evacuation
  • Serious injury or death of family members, friends, or pets
  • Secondary effects like loss of family resources, social networks, personal property, unemployment, or being placed in temporary housing
  • Experiencing a previous traumatic effect
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