September is National Preparedness Month. Divorced parents, this is your reminder to prepare for the types of emergencies that could affect you and your children — and share those plans with each other for the best possible outcome should natural or man-made disaster strike during your parenting time. Here are some helpful resources to help you avoid waiting until the eleventh hour:

The Department of Homeland Security explains what an emergency communication plan is and why you should make one. It also provides tips and templates on how to make a plan.


California experiences earthquakes, wildfires and tsunamis most commonly. Know what to expect and where to get help.


This article helps to define what co-parenting protocols should be in place for tenuous situations, including natural disasters and other emergencies like school shootings. Because “regardless of your personal feelings, you, your ex and your kids deserve the peace of mind that comes with having a plan.”


ICE cards are key. It can be difficult to reach loved ones when disaster strikes. Power goes out, cell towers go down and stress levels go up.


Kars4Kids points out that “preparedness is more than the tangible packing of an emergency kit. As a parent, National Preparedness Month should be your call to action, a time when you teach your child grit.”


Getting prepared isn’t as daunting as you might think. A pediatrician mom walks you through it.


Early Childhood Disaster-Related Resources for Children and Families: “Check out the fact sheets, guides, family tools, and activities for young children below that can help you and your entire family prepare, respond to, and recover from disasters.”

Sparkle Stories has tools to help you talk with the littles about scary things. Their Helpers story aids families with young children cope with news and experiences of natural disasters.


FORESTER PURCELL STOWELL PC is based in Folsom, California and can be contacted at or 916 293 4000. This information is general in nature and should not be construed as legal advice.

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