Talking to your children about unexpected and scary events is never easy. We may assume we know what our children are thinking, but children are sensitive to grown-ups’ emotions. They will always benefit from talking about their world and their feelings, and from knowing what to expect.

Below are some resources to help you and your family prepare for emergencies and cope after a tragedy or loss.

Thoughts from Mr. Rogers

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

Hugs during scary times

When Something Scary Happens

PBS Kids presents resources to help families cope in emergencies
and other challenging times.

Elmo comforts Jesse

When Families Grieve

Resources for talking with children about the loss of a loved one.

Daniel shows others how to prepare

Unexpected Events & Emergencies

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood provides tips for helping children prepare for unexpected events and emergencies.

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Meet the Helpers

A public media initiative designed to introduce children to community helpers and practice emergency preparedness.

Nina offers Rosita a comforting hug.

Community Violence

Whether children have been exposed to traumatic events in your neighborhood or across the world, you can help them feel safer and more secure.

Big Bird hugs Snuffleupagus

Support After An Emergency

Sesame Street provides simple and easy resources to help your family recover from an emergency, such as fire, flood or winter storm.