How to Take Care of Children in a Natural Disaster

All of us need to know how to take care of children in the event of a natural disaster.  Our readers and It’s a Breeze clients  are the Bay Area business and economic leaders. As such, in the event of a natural disaster, they will be leaders in the efforts to rebuild. We are here to ensure their basic needs, and those of their family, are met in a disaster situation: comfort, nourishment, communication and peace of mind. This is why I share this with you now.

This is a re-post of an article from our sister website – Get The STASH

Would you Know How to Help a Child After an Earthquake?

There are many unpredictable outcomes in a natural disaster; however, one thing I know for certain is that they significantly impact our children. Kids are resilient and wonderful creatures, and we have all seen them be brave and tough in difficult situations. That said, there can be a great deal going on below the surface. In the spirit of “It takes a village.” it is our job, each one of us, to plan for their physical… And mental well-being!

In California, as with other natural disaster prone areas, it is important we prepare for the sake of our kids. Think you’re exempt because you don’t have children? After a quake, a hurricane, or a flood, you may find yourself the temporary caretaker of a lost and terrified child. Imagine the impact you could make in that child’s sense of well-being if you had a coloring book, crayons, some snacks, a kids game, or even a plush toy stashed in your emergency kit… Some simple things to help normalize a very chaotic situation. For those of you who have children. The stakes and responsibility is much higher.

5 Practical Strategies to Help Children Ahead of a Natural Disaster

1.      Plan for Play and Creature Comforts… In the event of an emergency, yes even in the face of disaster it is important that there be some sense of normalcy for your child. So pack favorite toys, games you all can play or share,  snacks they love and a snuggly security-item.

2.      Create a Plan… For the most likely disaster emergency for your area.  Remember, you and they may not be at home, nor together.

3.      Involve your Child … Ask them what they have learned in school and let them know that while you are responsible for keeping them safe, they are encouraged to be part of the process.

4.      Practice and Drill… How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice! It’s the same for your Family’s Plan. Beta-test it and get the bugs worked out so it’s ready, and familiar when you need it!

5.      Have Discussions about Natural Disaster possibilities with your Child… These can help build their confidence. Focus on ways your family is being or can be more proactive and use disaster events in the news, ones that your child is aware of or asking about, as a place to start the conversation.

For more information on the most comprehensive disaster readiness and recovery system available… please call Breeze Carlile, founder of Get TheSTASH at 415-309-1860, or visit Get The STASH online.