American Red Cross urges families to teach children emergency preparednessSep 21, 2022 08:08AM ● By Editor
By Sid Bewlay from NBC 5 • September 21, 2022
Thinking about a disaster can be really scary, especially if you are a kid. September is National Preparedness Month, and the American Red Cross says it is extremely important that your family is all on the same page when it comes to emergency planning.
One of the most important things to do in making a plan is to decide on a safe meeting place outside your house and outside your neighborhood. This way, if a disaster like a flood or fire prevents everyone from gathering at the home, your family has another location where you can meet.
The American Red Cross says it is also a good idea to make sure your kids can be involved in making emergency kits. Empowering your kids and including them in emergency planning is one of the best things you can do to ease tensions if a disaster did strike.
"Talk about how they think would be best to get out of your house," said Abby Kelly of the American Red Cross. "Or if you want to do a home fire escape plan, let them time you and see if everyone can get out in two minutes or less."
Kelly said it is also important to include comfort items in emergency kits, like stuffed animals or a good book. "What we do talk about, for all of us, is to take something that would also calm us," Kelly said.
No matter how old you are, having a comfort item can help ease the stress of an emergency. For more tips, you can visit the American Red Cross website.
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