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Thursday
May232013

To Do: Create an Emergency Disaster Plan for your Family

Unfortunately in the wake of natural disasters (such as the tornado in Oklahoma), we are often forced to wonder how we would prepare for similar situations with our own families. Tornadoes and other natural disasters can happen anywhere and anytime, and can affect all of us, whether at home, work, or school. Be prepared!

Create an emergency plan now to help prepare your family when faced with a natural disaster. With the help of Seattle Mama Doc (a favorite pediatrician blogger), Sesame Street, and healthychildren.org, I’ve compiled a list of tasks to consider when creating a plan to share with your family:

- Learn about the type of natural disasters that may be prevalent in your area (tornado, earthquake, hurricane, flood, fire, etc) so that you can be prepared for certain types of scenarios. Know where to go in your home to stay safe from these disasters. Teach your child what kind of signals alert you of these events (sirens, etc).

- Teach your child who they can trust around town - visit the police station and fire station so that they learn that these people are friendly and helpful.

- Teach your child mom and dad’s cell phone numbers (most children can learn by age 5)

- Pick two emergency contacts and teach your child their full name and phone number (address too if possible). Make sure that one person lives out of state, who would likely not be affected by a local disaster and could help if no one else was accessible. Make sure you put a card with these emergency contacts in your child’s backpack.

- Choose an emergency meeting place that may be centrally located to home/work/school for everyone (possibly a library, grocery store, park). Make sure you remind your child every time you visit that place that’s it is where they should go in case of an emergency.

- Create a family emergency kit with the necessities for several days. Check out this excellent article from Seattle Mama Doc in Parents Magazine with tips for creating your own kit.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Moore, Oklahoma as they start to heal and rebuild after such a terrible tornado devastated their town. 

Don’t wait, make a plan now, as you never know when disaster might strike your community!