24 December 2012

Emergency Planning 101: How to Best Prepare Your Kids

Teaching your kids about emergency planning is very important. You never know what could happen, and if you're not prepared, it could end up costing you in the end. When teaching your kids about emergency planning, you need to make a plan that is both easy to understand and to execute. Having different plans for different disasters will help you be better prepared for when an emergency strikes. Once you have plans set up, practice them with your kids and let them run you through it every couple of months.

Planning for Bad Weather

If your area is bracing for a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or other type of bad weather, it is important to share with your children a plan of what to do when you're at home. Such a plan should include where to go for shelter inside of the home, what items should they have and what they should do in order to stay safe during the event. It is also important to give them a plan of action if they are at another location, like school, the mall or at a friend's house. Most likely, their school will already have a plan of action for bad weather set up, which you can learn about by asking their teacher or a school administrator.

Planning for the Unknown

Unfortunately, you don't always have an idea of when an emergency is going to happen. Such events include, but are not limited to, a home break-in, a house fire or even a terrorist attack. In such situations, your children needs to know where to go for safety, who to get in contact with and what they need to do to save themselves or someone else.

If your kids are old enough, teach them about CPR and other first aid measures, like how to stop bleeding or how to help someone who is having an allergic reaction. Show them where the medical and survival kits are in the house, and let them practice doing the motions of CPR and bandaging wounds, among other things. Ensure that you have at least two kits they can get to in two different locations, each with an emergency cell phone and a list of emergency contacts to call. Your safety kits should also include items like emergency blankets, water, food and a crank radio and flashlight. Like with bad weather, your child's school should have a plan set up for disasters that aren't weather related.

Home Security Systems

Home security systems are essential in preventing someone from breaking into your home. Whether you're away from home or at home but experiencing an emergency, it is important to set the alarm. If someone comes into your home uninvited, the alarm system will activate and send for help. Vivint home security systems are excellent because they can be managed remotely by computer or cell phone.

About The Author: Annabelle Smyth is a Mother of three and loves to blog and is currently writing for Vivint. You can follow them here: Vivint Security to learn more about them and how they can help make your family safer.  

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