Children In Emergency

Teaching Children Preparedness

With the news there are signs that we may need to be ready for anything. This

Teaching Children Preparedness

includes our children. We are sending them to school to ready them for the future with a good education.
Scouting  and other readiness ideas need to be given them as well. There are many good ways to help a younger child understand what they need to do in emergency conditions.
Preparing them properly may save their lives.

Let’s start with evaluating the mind set of said child or children. If I have a four year old or a younger toddler, I am responsible completely for this child’s welfare and needs. Children ages 5 and over can be fed small bits of information to ready them in the event of an emergency situation occurring. Adolescents can be given the information straight if they are mature enough to understand what you are talking about and if they are strong willed in nature.
When presenting these ideas to your family be selective of who you would share this information with.
If little Susie is easily given to nightmares she is not a family member to discuss emergency plans with. While son, Billy, a teenager, is a rock and won’t be affected by serious conversations. Appoint older kids as captains to shepherd younger siblings and / or pets to the safe area you have designated for these events.
Think about the equipment you have for emergencies. Does your youngest member of the family have the capability to understand how start up a generator or are they too young for this lesson? Can they use a two-way radio or a CB? Arm them with valuable information for the age group they are in. They need to be able to safely tend to their needs on their own in the worst case scenario.
Gently show them different ideas for preparedness teaching and let them view it as a serious game. They need to understand how to feed, hydrate, and shelter without assistance. Target the basic human necessities. The more info you give them on a delicate level the safer they are going to be. We don’t want them dealing with hazards that are harmful to them but we do want them to know what dangers may lurk in the event you cannot be there for them. Seriously consider that there may be an event of this occurance.
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