Disasters can strike without warning, leaving behind a trail of destruction in their wake. Preparing your kids for emergencies is thus vital to improving their resilience. They will learn how to protect themselves against catastrophes, especially when you’re not there to help them. More so, incorporating fun activities in these life-saving techniques can make it more enjoyable and allow your children to learn and respond to emergencies better.
Here are some fun ways:
Prepare an Emergency Kit
It is imperative to have an emergency kit packed with enough food, water, clothing, toiletries, and medicines. Thus, you should guide your kids in emergency preparedness activities such as arranging their clothes, preserving food, purifying water, cooking, and using different kitchen appliances such as knives among other things. Also, teach them the basics of using an emergency kit. Show children, 10 years and above, how to clean and apply bandages for minor injuries. For younger kids, have them practice on a stuffed animal or doll and enjoy the fun of treating a boo-boo or two. Lastly, allow them to have their own kit and explain why it’s necessary to have each item during an emergency.
An effective plan gives you a 90 percent chance of getting out of a crisis safely. Practice drills from different rooms such as the bedrooms to see how efficient your evacuation strategy is. Allow role-reversal to let your children be in charge of the evacuation plan to evaluate how well they can handle an emergency. To make it more fun, allow them to pretend they are superheroes (one at a time) who lead the others through the exit plan.
Practicing drill with children helps you understand how well they can respond to emergencies and fears–some kids get terrified when they deem an emergency as an uncontrollable situation. During the drills, you need to guide them through to reassure them that they can handle a real emergency. You can also visit a fire department or a damage restoration company to assure and enlighten the children on how to mitigate and control an emergency.
The internet is an indispensable asset that can make learning about emergencies fun for children. Ready Kids and FEMA offer information, stories (written in a child-friendly manner), and games that’ll help kids remember what to do in case of an emergency. Additionally, filling in emergency readiness puzzles allow kids to identify things to remember in the event of an emergency.
Emergency preparedness is essential for your child’s safety as it helps them understand what to expect and gives them a sense of security, and confidence to face the scary situation. Kids who are familiar with emergency drills or other ways of dealing with an emergency usually experience less anxiety during an actual disaster. Besides, preparedness gives parents the peace of mind that comes from knowing your kids are ready for whatever might come.
by Christina Scott