Disaster Planning: Infant and Child Feeding

Natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and tornadoes, can make it hard for parents and caregivers to feed their infants and young children safely. Follow these tips to feed your child safely when disaster strikes.

For Parents and Caregivers

In the event of a natural disaster, be prepared for challenges, which may include power outages, unhealthy living spaces, and unsafe water. Always check with local authorities on the status of the drinking water and follow boil water advisories. The following tips provide specific information for how to feed your young child safely during an emergency.

Healthy Storm Prep

Healthy eating and physical activity can still be a priority when preparing for a hurricane or other emergency situation.  Take a look at these resources we’ve found to help you with healthy storm preparations:



Healthy Emergency Food

To help Florida’s families and communities stay healthy and safe during emergencies, Healthiest Weight Florida has partnered with the Division of Emergency Preparedness and Community Support and Florida Division of Emergency Management, to provide you with ideas for stocking healthier foods in your emergency supply kit.

Learn how to create a healthy emergency supply kit


Sesame Street Hurricane PrepTalking with Kids about a Storm

Hurricanes, storms, and other natural disasters can be difficult for young children who may not fully understand what’s going on around them. These tips, activities, and videos can help them feel safe, cope with emotions, and understand that there is hope for the future

Learn more about this helpful toolkit from Sesame Street



flashlight reading10 Fun Things to do with Kids During a Blackout

Power outages are the perfect opportunity to have fun in an old-fashioned way and to encourage kids to amuse themselves using their creative abilities and minds. Along with the flashlights, batteries and candles, be prepared with fun activities and supplies that will keep the kids and family having fun when the lights go out.

Click here for a list of fun things to do during a blackout


Family prep

Additional Tips

Food safety during a power outage

Emergency communications plan for kids and families

Keeping pets safe during a storm

Disaster Preparedness coloring book






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