Do your children or young people in your care know what to do in case of a crisis? If the answer is no, you need to do so something about it. This article identifies key scenarios and response plans that young people must know about. The important factor of this type of planning is to involve the young people in the Emergency Preparation. In doing so, you and they will identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and be able to create a plan that works best for these individuals.
Name, Address and Telephone Number
There are three things every child should be aware of – their name, phone number as well as address. In case your child is too young to consider this information, get them an Identification Bracelet with the information engraved on it.
Crisis Contact Information
Make sure the young people know who they should contact in the event of a crisis and how to get a hold of you. It could be an aunt, a grandparent or a neighbour, but make sure there are at least two emergency contacts for the individual and ensure that the institution is notified of the crisis contact person as well. The very best case scenario is to have one emergency contact nearby, and one crisis contact found out of the local community.
Make sure the young person knows where an emergency assembly point is located and how to get there if you are not able to assist them. If it is for your child, the very first meeting point needs to be your home. Make two other nearby assembly sites in case your home is not reachable in the event of an emergency; this may give you the greatest potential for locating your child when a crisis happens, should you be separated.
Educate Significant Facts
Ensure the young person understands Emergency Preparation, crisis-related measures and what to avoid; this can include staying clear from flood waters (even when it appears like several inches of water on the road) and not to touch downed wires or posts. Also, educate your child how to phone 999. This information could save yours and their lives in the case of an urgent situation.
Run exercises at least every six months. Practice makes perfect! The benefit of this is that the young person will understand in advance exactly what to do if a real crisis happens and they may be able to help other young people who are not as experienced/knowledgeable about Emergency Preparation.
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