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Top Preparedness Tips for Kids

On December 10, 2015, Posted by , In Blog, With No Comments

 At SALT’s Kits for Kids program at Gilboa-Conesville School, every SALT Volunteer in Service to America taught a little something different to kids pre-K to 8th grade on emergency preparedness. Daniela covered power outages; Tyler gave tips on staying safe in a blizzard; Robyn talked about flood safety; Grant helped drive home fire safety rules, and Em taught about positive mental health and calming techniques. Even newcomer Jin, on her fourth day, helped explain the kits!

 What were we telling the kids? What should you tell children to help them be prepared in an emergency, and take care of their mental health? Here are SALT’s top points.

FIRES

  • Have a plan! Create a plan to get out of the house in the event of a fire. Have at least two exit routes, and two places to meet outside of the house.

  • Check smoke and CO2 detectors every month. Change the batteries every time you set the clocks back or forward.

  • Stay low, because smoke and heat rise. There will be more oxygen lower to the ground.

FLOODS

  • Have one emergency contact nearby, and one out-of-town emergency contact that everyone can text. Having someone out-of-town will mean they won’t experience the same emergency, and texting keeps phone lines open for emergency personnel.

  • Have an emergency kit, like our Kits for Kids bags! Click here for more information on building your own kit.

  • Don’t touch anything that’s been in flood water, and don’t drink any water that wasn’t given to you by an adult. ESPECIALLY don’t touch dead animals!

BLIZZARDS

  • Stay indoors and dress warmly! Blizzards come with a lot of snow that makes visibility bad and travel worse.

  • Stay hydrated. Water, juice, or warm broth are good for your body. Being cold can take a lot out of you.

  • Have food that can be prepared without a microwave or oven, because blizzards can cause the next thing:

POWER OUTAGES

  • If you’re a kid, always use a flashlight instead of a candle! Leave fire to older people.

  • Don’t drink water from the sink–the filters might be out; or if you have a well, it might not work at all.

  • Know where everything is: Keep your flashlights, batteries, and other emergency items in one place.

MENTAL HEALTH

  • Mental health is just like physical health: Emotional trauma, depression, and anxiety can cause physical symptoms. Don’t be any more afraid to get help than you would be going to the doctor if you were sick.

  • Our brains don’t work the same way when we’re angry, sad, or scared, and we may say or do things we regret. Use grounding exercises or breathing exercises to calm down and figure out what’s going on with you.

  • Find people you can trust and talk to them. When we keep problems to ourselves, or don’t deal with them, they don’t go away–they just become bigger problems down the line. It’s easier to fix things in the beginning before they’ve dragged you further down.

HAVING A PLAN is the best thing you can do! Need help creating an emergency kit and an emergency plan for your family? Click here to find out more. Remember that the best offense is a good defense, and the best way to be safe is to be ready.

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