"What's in your family's emergency backpack?" 

Are you ready? Test your preparedness with these questions.

1. What are three things you will pack in your emergency go-bag for hurricane evacuation? 

2. What is something you can do to manage the stress caused by a hurricane or the threat of a hurricane? 


3. Which is more serious?

a. Tropical depression

b. Tropical storm? 

4. What does the Saffir Simpson Scale number (1,2,3,4,5) tell about a hurricane? 

a. Amount of water

b. Strength of wind

5. Which is the deadliest part of a hurricane or tropical event? 

a. Tidal surge 

b. Flooded streets

c. Wind speed


6. What can you do to help children prepare for a power outage? 

7. Which items in your emergency kit have expiration dates and/or require yearly updates? 

8. Which items in your emergency kit are specific for your child or family? 




SMART Family Literacy is a partner with Save the Children and a member of the Gulf Coast Panel for Child Care Resilience and Recovery. 

Hurricane Harvey 

  • Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast in August 2017. 

  • More than 3,000 children in our community were affected by Harvey. 

  • SMART provided books to replace home libraries and child care center libraries in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. 

  • In addition to replacing lost books, new books are important to children who were displaced or who were likely to fall behind in learning when school was interrupted. 

  • SMART works to help families with young children prepare for future disasters. Hurricane season is from June 1st to November 30th.  

In 2017, SMART Family Literacy made a commitment to assist 3,000 children in Galveston County affected by Hurricane Harvey. Recovery takes years. 


SMART Family Literacy gives books, blankets, toothbrushes, toothpaste, school supplies, and backpacks to families with young children to mitigate the impact of disasters and to help prepare for the future. Preparation leads to resilience. 



Email SMARTFamilyLiteracy@gmail.com for more information.