Friday, October 3, 2014

How to prepare kids for trouble

At this point, most children over five are hearing or half-hearing things about headchoppings and viruses and pandemics. Weather events also occur. What about earthquakes?

Families should have some plan in place for a disaster. This according to the CDC and to Jeffrey Upperman, MD, director of the Pediatric Disaster Resources and Training Center at Children's Hospital in LA.

There will be Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills in October.

Once the family plan is in effect, see what plans your office has. No one should stand around wondering what to do, they say.

The problem is parents and kids are not together during the day. Schools and day cares also need plans.

Reassure kids they will be okay, that you are planning for their safety.

Be calm yourself--if kids see you flip, they respond with anxiety.

Keep copies of essential documents in a protected area or with a friend or family member.

Have a  meeting point for kids and family members.

Try to have a  buddy family on your block.

Above all, remember that kids are OK emotionally if they are with their parents or people they know and trust, even if the world is caving in. Parents or a parent is supposed to protect the kid and kids take this very seriously.

The CDC has many tips at www.cdc.gov.



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