Keeping children in the dark about emergency preparations – even if a parent’s intentions are good – may actually put those kids in jeopardy if an emergency occurs.
Nashville, Tenn. (PRWEB) December 15, 2012
Sometimes parents think they’re doing their children a favor by keeping them out of discussions regarding potentially negative situations, but when those kids are old enough to understand what’s going on, they want to be honestly informed about family matters. Power4Patriots believes that most families are unprepared to deal with a crisis.
Keeping children in the dark about emergency preparations – even if a parent’s intentions are good – may actually put those kids in jeopardy if an emergency occurs. On the other hand, making them feel like important members of the family when it comes to preparing for a disaster will go a long way toward them responding in an appropriate fashion once a crisis strikes.
What a parent says and how it’s expressed should depend on the kids’ ages and maturity levels. Young children might not fully understand about the chaos that could ensue following a disaster, but they’ll be able to read the tone of a parent’s voice and body language, so parents should make sure they explain the importance of being prepared in a calm manner that alleviates any fears those youngsters might have.
Following are Power4Patriots’ Top 8 Ways to Keep a Family Prepared for an Emergency.
1. Make sure kids have their basic information memorized, including their names, parents’ names, address and phone numbers.
2. Be aware of the disaster response policies of children’s schools or daycare centers, and have a back-up plan for someone to pick them up if the parent can’t.
3. Because returning home in a crisis might be impossible, have a couple of different pre-arranged meeting places for the family. Make sure the kids know how to get to them.
4. Teach children how to use 911 and have them practice what they would say to a dispatcher under a variety of circumstances.
5. Teach the kids responses such as Drop, Cover and Hold, and Stop, Drop and Roll.
6. Prepare a small bug-out bag for each child, including items such as a family photo, toy, game, book or puzzle, plus non-perishable treats.
7. Place copies of kids’ birth certificates, recent photos and comfort foods in a parent’s bug-out bag.
8. Make sure the children know to stay away from downed power lines, utility poles and trees.
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