How to prepare children for emergencies and disasters

If the unexpected should happen, how can you prepare children for emergencies and disasters? 

You can’t assume that they know what to do, but you can help your children to feel safer and more secure with a little advice and support. Here are some tips on what to do to prepare children for emergencies and disasters.

Talk it through

If the worst should happen, it’s important for a child to understand what will happen next and what the potential outcomes may be, the kind of help that will be sought and reassurance that everything is okay.

Share a plan 

Knowing what to do in these situations is of high importance for your children. A good way to share what is expected of them throughout is to make and share a plan. The plan can be broken down in to steps, highlighting key information such as where to meet, contact details and medical information.

Review and remind 

Things change and it’s a good idea to review the plan and remind children of their part in implementing it. Contact details or medical information may have changed so it’s a good idea to do this every so often, not too much that it becomes an immediate concern.

Throughout all of the points above it’s important to remain factual when sharing the importance of emergencies and disasters. This way children can learn from facts rather than myths and understand how their actions can impact the outcome.

There’s a great government website set up to help children to understand disasters whether it’s through learning as a family or as a child. It’s called Ready.gov and we’d highly recommend that you take a look!

If you’re unfortunate enough to require help to resolve the destruction of a disaster in your home, you can call us for our expert help on 0845 762 6929 or visit www.servicemasterrestore.co.uk for non-urgent help