These Precautionary Measures will Keep Kids Safe and Calm in the Event of an Emergency
Ajla Grozdanic 202.262.7171
|Felicia Owen's grandmother's house in the Highland neighborhood of Moore, Oklahoma was totally destroyed when the tornado hit on May 20, 2013. Felicia and her friend Jamie Johnson are working to salvage what they can from the house. Pictured here are Jamie's children (Randa, 14, Shelby, 16, and Brett, 10) and Felicia's 9-year-old daughter Mykayla.
WASHINGTON, D.C.(May 29, 2013) — As tornado-ravaged Oklahoma and other states across the Midwest brace for more severe storms, the East Coast is getting ready for hurricane season. In light of National Hurricane Preparedness week, now through June 1, Save the Children is releasing its disaster preparedness tips to help parents across America keep their children safe when disasters like hurricanes or tornadoes strike.
"Disasters can cause fear, anxiety and stress in children that can last long after the initial impact," said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. "That's why we have to do everything we can to minimize the emotional effect of such traumatizing events on children, who are the most vulnerable during emergencies, and provide the support they need."
In addition to basic survival items such as water, a flashlight and a battery-powered radio, families with children need to include kid-friendly supplies in their emergency kits. Based upon Save the Children's years of domestic and international experience of coming to the aid of children in emergencies, these tips can be used as a guide for parents to support their loved ones in the event of a crisis.
Save the Children Disaster Checklist for Families
- Comfort Items:Stuffed animal, doll, pacifier or blanket
- Personal Hygiene:Baby wipes, feminine products, diapers, nursing pads
- Children's Activities:Books, puzzles, games
- Infant Nutrition:Nursing supplies, formula, pre-packaged baby food
- Medical Needs:Infant/child fever reducer, rash ointment
- Family meet-up:Pick a safe spot to meet if separated such as a local school or library
- Out-of-towner:A family contact who would not be affected by a local disaster
- ICE:Cell phones should have "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) programmed into their contacts
- Text:Text messages can often get through, even when a phone call can't
- Contact school or day care:Ensure they know what your child is supposed to do in case of an emergency
- Identification:Write down your child's name and your contact information on a notecard and keep it with your child
Save the Children's U.S. emergency response team is making sure the needs of children in tornado-affected Oklahoma are prioritized during the recovery process. The organization is working with the community to open safe play areas in shelters and help restore child care services so parents and children can begin rebuilding their lives. In addition, Save the Children is helping lead the creation of a task force with federal, state and local partners in Oklahoma to address children's needs through summer programs and when school resumes.
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