DIsaster relief has been part of Feed the Children's mission since the beginning. Over the past 10 years, we've expanded that focus to helping kids prepare for disasters as well. We believe that it is important to make sure that kids know where to go, what to do, and have the supplies necessary to provide them comfort and security in a time of crisis.
Preparedness is key. By following the 5 simple steps below, families and kids can feel safer knowing that they have a plan in the event of a natural disaster.
Whether it’s the possibility of tornadoes, floods or crippling winter weather, families need to be prepared for the worst. When families are proactive in planning for possible disasters, it can help reduce chaos during the situation. Every plan should include evacuation routes, emergency numbers, shelter possibilities and a communication strategy.
A disaster kit may be different for each family. However, each kit should have basics items such as bottled water, non-perishable snacks, flashlights, batteries, sanitation items, important documents and first aid kits. For children, they may want to have extra school supplies to keep them busy, comfort items such as blankets and stuffed animals, and their favorite book.
When a family practices their disaster plan, it can help ease the mind of the child and the parent. Practicing evacuation routes, where to go for shelter and memorizing emergency numbers will help strengthen the family plan.
Staying safe during a natural disaster is a family’s number one priority. To keep your family safe, you need to stay informed. When a major disaster is impending or has occurred, it is advised that everyone should have a reliable resource for emergency alerts, such as phone apps and an emergency radio with batteries. Checking social media may also help with finding shelters, best evacuation routes and accessing local damage.
Creating a plan is the first step in tackling potential storm anxiety. However, if a child is still left feeling anxious about the unknown, it’s best to talk it out as a family. Allowing a child to talk through their fears and concerns could help the parents adjust the plan to fit their needs. Education is key to helping children face the unknown.