Parents can help children be prepared for a disaster such as a fire, tornado or flood. Practice with them before a disaster and how to respond. Explain that when a disaster occurs there may be people hurt, no electricity, water, or telephones.
Teach children how and when to call for help and how to call 911.
Be prepared to answer questions about things that happen and is seen on the television. Give information that is helpful to them and discuss how they can be prepared.
Tell children when a disaster occurs, there are many people who can help them including the American Red Cross, a police officer or a neighbor.
If you are not with your child when a disaster occurs, teach children how to contact you and have someone they can call such as a neighbor, friend or relative, if they cannot call you. Help your children to memorize the important phone numbers and quiz them every couple of months to help them remember.
Source: American Red Cross and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Disaster Recovery.
Kathy Smith is a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Parker County. Contact her at (817) 598-6168 or firstname.lastname@example.org.