Children

As part of your household emergency plan, include family safety and emergency procedures. Involve your children in creating your plan and practice your emergency procedures as a family. Make it a fun experience for your kids. Repetition will help children remember and, more importantly, know instinctively what to do during an emergency or disaster.

  • Ensure your children know their full name, home address and phone number.
  • Each year, on your child’s birthday, create a new Emergency Contact Information Card and keep with your child at all times.
  • Pick an out-of-state contact for your children and make sure they know how to reach them if needed.
  • Practice with your child how to dial their home telephone number.
  • Explain the purpose of dialing 911, teach your children what to say, and practice by role playing.
  • Check to ensure your emergency contact information is correct with your child’s school, daycare center and other after-school or club activities.
  • Designate an alternate person (i.e. family member, friend or neighbor) to pick up your children from school if you are unable to do so due to an accident, injury, illness, or local disaster. Notify school officials who you have authorized to pick up your children.
  • Show children what natural gas smells like and advise them to tell an adult if they ever smell natural gas.
  • Teach your child how STOP, DROP & ROLL can save their lives if their clothes ever catch on fire. Demonstrate to your child how to stop whatever she is doing, drop and then roll. Teach your child to cover her nose and mouth while rolling to protect her airways from damage. Tell your children if they ever see someone else’s clothes on fire, to yell STOP, DROP & ROLL and to find an adult to call 911.
  • Warn children never to touch wires lying on the ground or hanging from poles. Teach them about the dangers of playing with electricity.
  • Role-play with children to help them remain calm in emergencies and to practice basic emergency responses such as evacuation routes, STOP, DROP & ROLL, and more.

For more information about teaching your children disaster preparedness and safety, visit these sites:

Fire Safety: www.sparky.org

Ready Kids: www.ready.gov/kids

Kids Get A Plan: www.kidsgetaplan.com

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