How to teach your kids about emergency preparedness
In order to teach your kids about emergency preparedness, you need to know the basic steps to prepare your children should an emergency arise. In particular, there are five steps you definitely should take. When you take care of these needs, your kids will be prepared for all kinds of emergencies.
1. Inform them about who to contact in emergencies
Do your kids know who they should contact if they cannot get in touch with you? Of course, they need to know how to call 911. But they also should know which family members, friends, and neighbors to reach out to in emergencies. And your kids should be able to recall important emergency phone numbers without having access to cell phones or electricity.
2. Instruct your kids on first aid
Make sure your children know about first aid and how to administer age-appropriate first aid services. Be certain your family has a stocked first aid kit, and make sure your children know how to access it, too. Did you know kids as young as nine or ten years old can learn CPR?
3. Remind them about car maintenance
It’s also important your kids know how to maintain and service a vehicle. If you have children who drive, you do not want them to ever be stranded without knowing how to identify and even possibly fix their own car. And you need to make sure they know how to reach out and get car service if they are unable to reach you, a family member, or a friend. Take some time today to teach your kids how to change a tire and how to check and change things like vehicle oil. Even young children can get in on the learning, and you can ask them to help with things like checking and changing oil change stickers.
4. Teach your kids about food and nutrition
When was the last you talked to your kids about food and nutrition? Is there a plan in place for your children to take care of these needs should an emergency arise? Do your children know how to purify water if needed? Your kids know they need at least five to ten glasses of water each day depending on their age. And your children need around one or one and a half grams of protein every day for every two pounds of their body weight. And make sure your children know to source and prepare food if they need it.
5. Hold emergency response drills
Another great way to teach your kids about emergency preparedness is to hold emergency response drills. Your children should know how to respond to emergencies at home and when away from home, too. Make sure they know how to act if faced with a natural disaster like an earthquake or tornado. And be sure they know how to respond if they are dealing with a criminal trying to gain entry into your home. You can even teach your children basic self-defense skills. Some experts think your kids can learn basic self-defense skills as early as three years old.
Preparing your kids for emergencies
Each of the five suggestions is above is a great way to ensure your kids are prepared for emergencies. Whether you focus on one or all these steps, you are well on your way to ensuring your children are safe. You might even want to bookmark this page for future reference. And you can share this information with your kids, too. Maybe you should send this to them as you try to stress the importance of safety and emergency preparedness.