Through September and October, Primrose Schools® will be sharing information and resources from national partner Save the Children® and its Get Ready. Get Safe. initiative to help families get prepared for emergencies. This blog post marks the third post in the nine-week series.
Emergency preparedness doesn’t happen overnight. Like a child learning to read, you must start with the ABCs and continue to build on them with time and practice. When it comes to preparing your family for an emergency, it’s best to start with the ABCs and teach children the basics.
Fill Out an Emergency Contact Card Together
It took seven months after Hurricane Katrina to reunite the last child with her parents.
With 69 million1 U.S. children in child care or school, emergencies often occur when children are separated from their parents, which is why it’s critical for them to be able to identify themselves and provide basic information.
You can make sure your child is prepared by filling out this Emergency Contact Card with her as the third item on the Get Ready. Get Safe. Family Plan Checklist. You’ll have an opportunity to go over key information with her, such as her address, phone number and the full names of her parents or guardians. The contact card also includes emergency contact details – be sure to choose a responsible adult who lives out of town in the event that a disaster occurs in your hometown or region.
Read About Disasters Together
Once you’ve reviewed and checked off the “Teach Your Child Basic Personal Information” step on your Family Plan Checklist, take some time to learn more about disasters with your child by reading. Select books that discuss disasters capable of happening in your area to help your child become more familiar with these types of emergencies. This will strengthen his resilience and aid his ability to cope with crisis.
Following are a few book recommendations from Save the Children’s Story Sharing activity:
- Clifford and the Big Storm by Norman Bridwell
- I’ll Know What to Do, A Kid’s Guide to Natural Disasters by Bonnie S. Mark and Aviva Layton
- Franklin and the Thunderstorm by Paulette Bourgeois
- Rhinos Who Rescue by Julie Mammano
When reading these books with your child, ask questions such as “What happened?” and “How did the characters keep themselves safe when they were in the disaster?” Afterward, review the ways the book taught your child about preparing for and responding to the emergency situation.
Now that you’ve checked off the basics with your child and engaged in readings together, be sure to tune into our next post so you can create an emergency plan with your family!