Jan 22, 2015

Safety education series - Family disaster plan part 3

Jan. 22, 2015
Safety education: family disaster plan part 3

This week we will continue to create our plan.

Last week, the students created a list of emergency phone numbers. 
This week, let's make sure the children are comfortable using the phone & have the necessary info to relay emergency details.

Do they know their full names, how about Mommy & Daddy's names? 
Their home address?
Any special care instructions for the people in their home? (allergies, diabetes, etc)

*Teach your children how & when to call 911 or your local Emergency Medical Services.

If your children have cell phones & know quite well how to use them, make sure they have 911 listed at the top of their contacts and at least one ICE name listed. (ICE - In Case of Emergency) such as "ICE Mother"  or "ICE sister", etc.

If your younger children have not used the phone much, allow them to "practice" dialing 911 and role play caller/dispatcher asking & answering questions. Take turns.

The next step to completing our family disaster plan is to assembly a disaster supply kit with items you may need in case of an evacuation.

*Keep enough supplies in your home to meet your needs for at least three days.
Store these supplies in sturdy, easy to carry containers, such as backpacks or Duffle bag

If you joined us for our Winter Storm Emergency kit class, you'll have most of the items needed for your disaster kit. 

Here are NOAA's suggestions for a supply kit:

A 3-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and food that won't spoil,
one change of clothing and footwear per person,
one blanket or sleeping bag per person,
a first aid kit, including prescription medicines,
emergency tools, including a battery-powered NOAA Weather radio, 
a portable radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries,
an extra set of car keys and a credit card or cash,
important family documents in a waterproof bag,
special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members.

AM/FM NOAA Weather radio

We use a hand-crank AM/FM NOAA weather radio with built-in flashlight to save space!

our family disaster plan

We'll continue this class topic next week,
I hope you'll join us.

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disclaimer: I am not a doctor or safety expert. This article is only intended to serve as an encouragement to discuss safety basics and give safety class ideas to homeschoolers. 

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