Have you ever thought about what would happen if a natural disaster hit, and your child was in the middle of that? Alone? and away from home?
Look there is no way that you can plan for all possibilities so the best way to keep your child safe, and get him safely back to you, is to educate him and teach him what to do well in advance. Best to be prepared rather than sorry.
In this article you will learn how to talk to your children on how to survive a disaster.
Teach Them the Basics
All children should learn their full name, address, phone number, illnesses and your name, phone number and place of where you work. It’s also a good idea to include an out-of-town relative that could be called in an emergency.
Always make sure your child has this information on them. Either in their Backpack, wallet,purse, whatever they are usually carrying. Its critical they know the importance of that information and not to lose it.
You should teach them how to get home
We aren’t talking about just knowing the address by heart, but being able to find their way home on their own. They might not be able to drive yet, but they should be able to give you directions to and from their common places, like from school, grocery shops, or maybe even grandmas house. Have them give you directions while you are driving. Even if they get it wrong in the beginning, don’t worry, it only takes practice and good memory. Its all good practice. If you prefer make into a game in the car. Use landmarks that are not going to change anytime soon.
In this day and age, you can find a GPS system on all smartphones. That goes with children too, most children carry smartphones. Teach them how to use the GPS system to get home.
You should add home in the GPS System to make it more accessible to make it home. They might not be thinking clearly during the real situation.
Teach Your Kids the Bulletin Board Procedure
This is exactly what it sounds like; should your family become separated during a disaster, you can find each other by leaving messages on local cork boards. Post offices, convenience stores, grocery stores and many restaurants have a public bulletin board so that their customers can post ads.
Teach your kids where these are at and develop a plan using certain ones as a means of communication.
Family Meet Points
If your kids go to the same school, they need to plan where to meet in case anything ever happens. Make sure you have established a couple of meeting places. This will be the meeting point to meet up before heading home.
Equip Your Children with Cell Phones or Walkie Talkies.
If your kids are old enough to use one, they should have a cell phone if they’re in school. Even if it’s just a prepaid with a few minutes or texts on it, get them something so that they can contact you to reunite.
Walkie talkies are great too as long as you’re in range of them and the batteries are good. Don’t forget to pull them out of your kid’s bag and check the batteries every couple of months.
These are some ways of teaching your children how to survive a disaster.