Emergency situations don’t come after knocking, they just come. Being a part of a terrorist attack or a homicide is not very probable, however, other emergency situations like fire in the house or earthquake are very likely. In cases like these, you need to be prepared and also keep your children prepared.
Without proper preparation, the only reaction you will get from your children during an emergency is crying and screaming. Hence, proper training and proper guidance are required for the worst-case scenarios. Always remember, luck favors the prepared, so be prepared.
Some of the things you can do to keep your kids ready for every worst-case scenario are:
First aid course:
First aid training is very valuable for both your child and for the people around them. Most parents don’t consider first aid training as an important part of the children’s brought up, but it actually helps in building up the child’s confidence and gives him/her the feeling that everything is under control. Of course, extensive first aid training that is given to the adults cannot be given to children, but a few basics can be taught easily.
There are numerous different kinds of first aid training courses, some are very extensive while others are completely basic, and all kinds of first aid training schools have basic courses for children. These training help your child in case an injury happens to him/her or a peer in absence of an adult. Moreover, it instills the spirit of being helpful to others in any case.
These first aid courses teach your children how to deal with emergency situations and what basic steps they need to take during the emergency situation or in case someone is injured. It also teaches the child how to evaluate the situation and decide what is necessary for a certain kind of injury. Kids who have taken the first aid course are also able to assist adults and doctors in emergencies without panicking.
If you are not familiar with the three outs, it is important that you familiarize yourself with these and then teach it to your kids. The three outs are getting out, hide out or take them out. This means that your child’s first resort should be running away from the scene of violence. In any case, if they find any way out, they should get away from the scene if they don’t find a way out, they should find a hiding place or make a barrier around themselves and in the worst-case scenario, they should find anything as a weapon and defend themselves.
Make sure you do these small practices once or twice a week at home to give your child the required confidence and to help them keep their calm in case anything like this happens in the future.
Always have an emergency kit ready at home and keep it a place that is accessible at all times. The kit should include a pair of extra clothing for your child, a blanket and some dry, high energy food for eating. Picking up the kit and getting out of the area of violence should be a part of your emergency plan.
Similarly, don’t forget to stash some cash in the emergency kit along with a pepper spray and a list of emergency contacts for your child. Make a rule to never use this emergency money and food in any case. Furthermore, don’t make the kit in a handbag rather make it in a backpack that is easy to handle.
Moreover, while making the kit keep your child around and show him/her everything that is in the backpack and where it is placed so that he/she knows exactly what to look for and where to look for.