Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Patricia Whang


The focus of this Capstone project is on the effects of natural disasters on families and young children. This is an important issue because parents have to prepare to take care of themselves and their children if an emergency strikes. An argument is made that preparing children for emergencies can reduce the negative physical and emotional impact of the traumatic event. Considerations of the issue, should include the perspective of parents at Mimi’s Daycare in California because they are primary caregivers of young children. Three action options emerged from the data and explored as ways to address the issue presented: educating parents on how to communicate with their children when a disaster happens, providing parents with a list of items to put in an emergency kit, and inspiring parents to create an evacuation plan and practice it with their family. Based on the findings, action was taken to provide parents with resources that will help them prepare their families for emergencies.