Do you have an Emergency Plan?
Spring is coming and we know that with spring comes the potential for dangerous weather. Being prepared with an emergency plan is not only a good conversation starter for the dinner table but also a way to insure safety when the unexpected happens. Use these questions to help prepare your family.
Why do we need an emergency plan?
If you already have one, use this time to ask if they remember it or if they think it needs revised. Reassure them that talking about your emergency plan is no cause for alarm because a plan will only reduce the risks when something unexpected like a tornado or fire occurs.
Where do we go in case of emergency?
This is a great way to encourage your children to be involved with family decisions. If you have a safe room or storm shelter that is a great place to go when there is severe weather, but it would not be a good place to go in case of a fire. Make a decision, as a family, about escaping the home and meeting at a safe place in your neighborhood. Practice the procedures and time yourselves.
What items do we need to have ready in case of an emergency?
Discuss the preparation of a “go” bag. Let them brainstorm about items that would help keep your family safe and comfortable in the event of an emergency. Flashlights, shoes, snacks, water, a bible and maybe even a small toy for the young ones can be placed in a backpack or even a pillowcase. Then make sure everyone knows where it is kept so it can be grabbed in a hurry.
Conclude this time with reassuring your children that it is always better to be prepared. Comfort them if they show signs of anxiety but do not avoid the topic altogether just because it is not a comfortable topic. Many people have said after a disaster that if they had done just one thing different it would have changed the outcome. Having your family emergency plan in place might just be that one thing.