ELI5: Explain Like I'm 5

presidential emergency action documents

Hello, young one! Today we will learn about Presidential Emergency Action Documents (PEADs).

PEADs are documents that are created by the President and their team to help them respond to emergencies. These emergencies could be anything from natural disasters like hurricanes or earthquakes, to attacks on our country.

Think of PEADs like a secret plan that only the President and his team know about. Just like how you may have a plan with your family in case of an emergency, the President has a plan for the whole country.

These documents outline what the President can do during an emergency. For example, they may include ways to protect our country, like how to respond to a terrorist attack or how to keep our nuclear weapons safe.

PEADs are made in advance so that the President can quickly respond to an emergency without wasting any time. This means that when an emergency happens, the President doesn't have to start from scratch trying to figure out what to do.

Hopefully, we will never have to use a PEAD. But it's like having a fire drill at school - you practice what to do in case of a fire so that you are prepared if one ever happens.

And that's the basic idea of what Presidential Emergency Action Documents are, even a 5-year-old can understand them now!