I know our family needs an emergency plan, but what can we do to make it easier and less scary for our children
A. Get your children involved in the planning by going on a family shopping trip to purchase supplies for your emergency and first aid kits. Have children assist you in checking smoke detectors and making sure flashlights are working. Cuddle up for story time in your shelter-in-place area during a non-emergency time so they become familiar with the space. Introduce children to fire fighters, police officers and other emergency responders when they have exhibits set up at fairs or community events. Role play and practice "what if" drills in a calm, non-threatening way so children know what to expect in the event of a real emergency.
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