Your children may someday find themselves in an emergency situation. Here are some things to teach your children for emergencies.
1. Emergency Phone Numbers
Today, many of us rely on our smartphones to remember phone numbers. In case of an emergency, it’s very important for you and your kids to memorize the phone numbers of select family members, friends, or other emergency contacts.
2. What Is 911?
Everyone needs to know about calling 911 in an emergency. But kids also need to know the specifics about what an emergency is. Asking them questions like, “What would you do if we had a fire in our house?” or “What would you do if you saw someone trying to break in?” gives you a chance to discuss what constitutes an emergency and what to do if one occurs. How burglars target your home. Role playing is an especially good way to address various emergency scenarios and give your kids the confidence they’ll need to handle them. More at Teaching your kids about 911
3. Names & Addresses
Children should know their parent’s full names and home addresses. This helps officials find lost children’s parents if they get lost. Be sure to explain the difference between giving this information to uniformed officers and random strangers.
4. Emergency Supplies Location
An emergency supply kit is essential for every home. This includes food, water, first aid kit, flashlights, and other items you may find essential. Make sure the entire family knows the location of this kit. What to put in your home emergency kit.
5. Basic First Aid
Children should know basic first aid skills including how to apply bandages, ointments, and how to help stop bleeding by applying pressure.
6. Medical Information
Teach your children about their own basic medical information including what they’re allergic to, and the medications they require.
7. Gas and Water Shut Offs
Both you and your children (if they’re old enough) should know how to turn off your home’s gas and water. In case of fire’s or earthquakes, shutting off your gas can keep your family safe. Be mindful of your child’s age before teaching them how to do these things. If you have very small children, consider this baby proofing your home guide to keep them safe at home.
8. Natural Disasters
Teach your children about natural hazards like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, ice storms, and blizzards – and what to do when they occur.
9. What To Do At School
Just like it is important to plan for emergencies at home, it is just as important to have emergency plans for when your child is at school. Here is a great article on how to plan for an emergency at your child’s school.
Role Playing Scenarios
- You’re playing in the living room when you hear a loud noise from the kitchen. You go to see what’s happening and see mom on the floor. What should you do? (Check to see if mom can hear me.)
- Mom answers you, then tries to get up but can’t. She is bleeding a lot. Should you call 9-1-1? (Yes, I have to call 9-1-1 and ask for an ambulance.)
- What do you have to tell 9-1-1? (The Emergency is at 123 X street, X city. My mom fell down, she can still talk but she’s bleeding a lot and can’t get up. I am calling from 123 X Street, X City. This is also where we live.)
- You come home from school and see that the door to your house is broken, and you think someone you don’t know may be inside. What should you do? (Go to my neighbors’ house or use a payphone for free and ask to call 9-1-1.)
- What should you tell 9-1-1? (Location of the emergency is 123 X street, X city. Someone I don’t know broke down the door to my house and might be inside. I need the police. I am at 123 X Street, X City, my neighbors’ house and I’m safe.)
- Can you wait for the police? (Yes, but I have to stay at the neighbors’, I can’t go home to wait for the police).
- You’re playing outside with your older sister and she falls off her bicycle. What should you do? (Check to see if she can hear me.)
- She answers you but says her knee hurts a little. Her knee is bleeding a little bit. Should you call an ambulance? (No, this isn’t a serious injury and she is conscious.)
- What should you do? (Go home to clean the injury or go get help from an adult I know.)
Scenarios from – Get Prepared
Yes or No
|1) Your friend falls out of a tree and is hurt badly||Y||N|
|2) You see a stranger lurking around your house||Y||N|
|3) You are home alone and you are bored and lonely||Y||N|
|4) Your neighbor’s house is on fire||Y||N|
|5) You see a car accident where someone is hurt||Y||N|
|6) You have an argument with your best friend||Y||N|
|7) Your dog is limping||Y||N|
|8) You see someone breaking into a neighbor’s house.||Y||N|
|9) There is a fire in your fireplace||Y||N|
Answers: 1) Y, 2) Y, 3) N, 4) Y, 5) Y, 6) N, 7) N, 8) Y, 9) N