Children Encouraged To Be Prepared For Emergencies

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Emergencies and disasters, whether natural or human caused, can strike quickly and can change lives in a matter of minutes. These events can force people to evacuate neighborhoods or to remain confined to their home for long periods of time. By preparing and working as a team with family members, everyone can better cope with a disaster and recover from it more rapidly.

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Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) recommends that children help their parents develop emergency preparedness tools and plans. This helps children cope better when disaster strikes and encourages family preparedness. Parents are often too busy and need a little helpful reminder to ensure that they develop a readiness plan and emergency supply kit that contains basic and special needs items for the entire family.

Each household should have a disaster supply kit and keep it up-to-date. This kit is a collection of things that you and your family use every day and are needed to be safe and comfortable during and after a disaster. Supplies should be stored in a portable container(s). Kits should include non-perishable food, appropriate cooking supplies, and one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days. A battery operated flashlight, radio with extra batteries, sanitation items including hand sanitizer and other basic hygiene supplies are good additions. If possible, have a kit at home and in each vehicle. Knowing what to do and being prepared are the best sources of protection for emergencies of all kinds.

The word search attached is also a reminder list of items to include in a disaster supply kit. Help Pretzel the Preparedness Prairie Dog find the items for his disaster supply kit and then use his list to help develop a kit of your own.

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