Disaster preparedness resources - NCMEC

Disasters: Is your family prepared?

Families may become separated during the chaos of a disaster, especially when evacuation is required. It is important to plan for your family’s safety.

Safety tips for families

Review these recommendations in case your family is ever impacted by a disaster. Download and print the full safety tips.

Know your child’s school and day care emergency evacuation and reunification plans. Some schools and day cares have emergency plans for a variety of scenarios, but recent studies indicate many do not. If your child’s school or day care does not have a reunification plan, encourage them to reach out to their school district or local emergency management agency to discuss developing one.
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Create your own Child ID kit.

Sometimes, no matter how much you have planned, the worst happens: you become separated from your children. This is why we run the Unaccompanied Minors Registry. Through this online registry individuals can report a child who is accounted for, but separated from their caregivers. Anyone can report a separated child to the Unaccompanied Minors Registry, including emergency managers on the ground during a disaster. Reporting persons input basic information about the unaccompanied child to the registry and can even upload a photo of him/her. We then cross-reference any reports through this registry against phone calls from searching parents.

Additional Resources

Missing-Child, Emergency-Response, Quick-Reference Guide

Menor desaparecido, respuesta de emergencia, guía de referencia rápida para las familias