For most parents, the thought of disaster striking while our kids are still young and vulnerable is a sobering thought. If you still have young kids at home, it is important to consider how to keep them calm during a crisis. Of course, training will help. Disaster drills, and getting them familiar with tools, different foods, and some different ways of doing things is always good practice. I wanted to leave some suggestions specifically for quieting or calming children when they are on the verge of panic. Keep items in your emergency storage such as a child's favorite book or doll. Have a small item that a child can play quietly with (to distract them) with such as bubbles, or playdoh. Keep a small stash of little candies. Yes, a little stick of gum or a life saver can do the trick. Teach your kids to pray. This will give them a good constructive thing to do and focus on. A small musical instrument can be helpful. something like a harmonica, or a recorder. and remember to not panic yourself...how you are reacting is key in helping them stay calm.