For his birthday, my husband received a Disaster Survival book. He put it on a shelf and forgot about. I have seen my son reading it more than once, with avid interest. When I asked him if he liked it, he responded, sagely, I think this is the kind of information everyone should know.
It makes sense as parents that we make sure to train those most vulnerable during disasters – our children- to take care of themselves and others if need be. Its imperative that the young learn about preparing for emergencies. If your child is part of your preparation process in your home and family, he has the opportunity to learn important life skills that could save his and other lives.
I was a little worried my son would develop fears from reading about survival skills and possible natural and man-made disasters, however I now realize learning about how to handle himself in these situations actually empowers him. Being prepared ensures his using his natural resilience or his capacity to overcome the damaging effects of any adversity that comes his way.
I am now in search of a hands-on, activity-based, disaster survival skill development program which harnesses my child’s instinctual by teaching him to recognize, avoid, and if necessary, respond in a myriad of practical ways to potential danger. Until then, I will encourage my son to go on the FEMA Ready Kids site which provides a great interactive resource that helps teach kids emergency survival skills.
Article By Nuria Almeida
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