How to Prepare your Children for an Evacuation

Prepare your Children for an EvacuationPrepare your Children for an Evacuation

People don’t realize just how adaptable children can be when they’re thrown into an emergency situation like an evacuation. That being said, it’s always best to prepare your children for an evacuation as much as you can beforehand.

Here are some great ways to prepare your children for an evacuation without worrying them unduly.

When you’re a child, life is an adventure, and that’s pretty much how you need to prepare them for an evacuation. It’s imperative you don’t let your fear and anxiety show because children pick up on that very easily.

– Start by organizing some impromptu camping trips.

This is when you don’t tell your children in advance that you’re going. If they’re asleep then wake them up earlier than you normally would and tell them you’re going camping. They may moan and groan a little about being woken up but try your best to be excited and positive.

– Get your kids used to understanding what essentials you’re taking with you on the trip.

You could even make it into a game by pointing out individual items and asking them what they are and what they’re for. Give them points for guessing them correctly and reward them with a pack of cards, coloring book and the like.

– Whilst you’re out camping it’s important you involve them with survival skills.

Depending on their age you’ll want to show them things like: how to pitch a tent, how to make fire and also how to fish. These are all essential survival skills that will make the trip interesting for them.

– If your kids are used to being taken from A to B in a car you’ll want to get them used to moving quickly whilst carrying a back pack.

Obviously you don’t want to load them down with anything too heavy, but they should be able to walk around the block a few times with a small backpack. Take your children out regularly to do this. Once again, you want to make this an interesting walk – ask them what they can see; use a map and compass to add more education to your outing. This will get them used to navigation.

The most important tactic to implement when trying to prepare your children for an evacuation is to actually explain what evacuations are and how they can keep people safe. You may want to use a few scenarios and if they go to school they will probably be well aware of emergency practice fire alarms.

Above all else, let them know that emergency times are not a time to be difficult and sulky. They need to get used to the fact that instructions are given for a reason, to ultimately keep them safe and away from danger. The efforts to prepare your children for an evacuation will serve you well when and if an emergency should arise.

Shutting off Your Utilities During an Emergency

Shutting off Your Utilities During an EmergencyShutting off Your Utilities During an Emergency:  In many situations involving an emergency, authorities may request you shut off the utilities servicing your home. This is generally for safety purposes.  Being familiar with the processes involved in shutting off your utilities during an emergency, ensures you can handle the situation calmly and rationally.

The utilities you will be required to shut off will be determined by the type of disaster:

  1. Shutting off gas: Gas is generally shut off to prevent the spread of fire following a disaster. There are different shut off methods for different states and countries. To ensure you are familiar with the process of shutting off the gas for your home, contact your gas provider.

Share the procedure with all members of the family- it is important that everyone knows how to do this.

In the event that you do have to turn the gas off, ensure you have a professional turn it back on. Continue reading Shutting off Your Utilities During an Emergency

Dealing With an Evacuation

Dealing with an Evacuation

A common emergency procedure frequently put into place is evacuation. In the event that an evacuation is necessary, knowing procedures and having a plan will ensure you are prepared and able to remain calm, in control, able to handle the situation.  Here are some pointers for dealing with an evacuation.

If an evacuation is necessary, you will be notified via one of the main forms of communication: television or radio. The amount of time you will have to leave your current location will depend on the severity of the disaster. In some cases this may be a day or two. In many cases, however, evacuation may be immediate, leaving no time with which to obtain adequate supplies. For this reason being prepared for dealing with an evacuation is imperative. Continue reading Dealing With an Evacuation