You may find it hard to explain to your children why you were away. Try not to frighten them with stories about what you have seen and done. Tell them about the disaster, and involve them in preparedness efforts for your family. This will help them feel as if they are part of what you have been doing and reduce their fears about similar disasters at home.
The Emergency Support Services (ESS) program helps people affected by large emergencies. It may also assist in disasters affecting a few members of a community, such as house fires or floods.
The ESS Program relies on trained members of a community to meet the needs of people in an emergency. Most communities have an ESS team that works with local businesses to share resources during a crisis. Preparing for an emergency depends on the energy, creativity, commitment and dedication of volunteers.