Thursday, September 6, 2007

National Preparedness Month — Explaining the Concept of “Emergency” to a Child

If you wish to include your children in the development of your family emergency plan, the following suggestions can help:

• Explain (in simple terms) why it is important to have a family emergency plan.
• Explain that nothing bad is happening at this moment.
• Involve your children in the planning. For example, they can help to check for batteries, help purchase supplies, etc.

• Reassure children that they will be protected by a friend, relative or someone else who cares about them until parents can arrive.

• Stay calm. Remember that children will be as calm and cooperative as the adults around them.
• Explain that it is okay to feel scared or afraid.
For more information, contact Ellen Kamilakis of the Office of Emergency Management.

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