The Loma Prieta Earthquake rocked the San Francisco Bay Area on October 17, 1989. Remembered by many for occurring during the nationally-televised World Series, the quake quite literally rocked many people’s world. Many children — thanks to emergency preparedness training — knew to duck and cover under the nearest table. Many local parents and kindergarten classes had drilled a steady stream of earthquake preparedness into their children’s heads. On that day, some simple preparedness training saved lives.
Even if you don’t live in an earthquake zone like the Bay Area, emergency preparedness for tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, floods and other unexpected acts from Mother Nature is essential to helping children prepare and cope with natural disasters. An emergency can seem incredibly scary to a young children, and without a clear plan in place, it’s natural for a child to feel overwhelmed and panic. Discussing a possible disaster as a family, creating a plan, and practicing this plan help children emotionally and mentally prepare for an emergency.
Here’s how to get your children involved in emergency preparedness planning:
How do you prepare your children for a possible emergency? Share your emergency preparedness tips!