AJEM | Australian Journal of Emergency Management

'...we need to be conscious that the young brain experiences critical periods of growth and development which can be severely impeded by trauma...while we can generally rely on children to be informed and take appropriate action, they will no doubt need extra guidance, comfort and support during a disaster...

'The main message is that we need to be cognisant of both the capabilities and vulnerabilities of our youngest citizens in preventing, preparing for and responding to emergencies.'

Megan Mitchell
 National Children's Commissioner