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Kids Can Help Family Prepare for Disasters


This summer parents might want to get their children to help them prepare for peak hurricane season by assembling a family disaster preparedness kit.

People (including children) cope best with disaster when they work together to prepare for emergencies and disasters. All family members should know what to do in the event of a hurricane or other emergency.

The American Red Cross has suggested every family develop a Disaster Supply Kit. The kit should have enough supplies for three days and include the Family Disaster Plan and Emergency Contacts List. Parents should talk to their children about the importance of being prepared for a disaster like a hurricane and discuss what their family would do.

Together, parents can get their children to help assemble a Family Disaster Supply Kit that should contain:

  • Family Disaster Plan
  • Family Emergency Contacts List
  • Maps of area
  • Food (three-day supply of nonperishable foods)
  • Water (three-day supply of one gallon per person per day for drinking, washing and preparing food)
  • First aid supplies (bandages, antibiotics, first aid manual, thermometer, pain relievers, prescription medication, etc.)
  • Simple tools (radio, flashlights, can opener, utility knife, batteries, scissors, etc.)
  • General supplies to stay comfortable, safe and entertained (games, books, children’s favorite toys, paper, pencils, blankets, hygiene supplies, matches, toilet paper, garbage bags, disinfectant, etc.)
  • Pet supplies

Developing and having a Family Disaster Supply Kit ready in the event of a disaster is a proactive way to teach your children about family safety and may give your child some sense of comfort and control.

Last Updated: 10/15/2012 3:25:26 PM

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