Having a family emergency preparedness plan is essential, especially in coastal areas or other places prone to natural disasters. If you have a family with children, getting your children involved is an essential part of the plan.
Facing a natural disaster is scary for everyone, but especially for kids. If they are involved in the planning process they will be much less likely to panic during the real thing. The challenge is to get kids involved in a way that is NOT scary, but rather, fun!
Enter Sesame Street. The venerable PBS show has put together a wealth of resources for parents to make disaster planning fun for kids. You can access the Sesame Street Emergency Preparation page here. It includes a fun little video featuring Sesame Street characters!
They also offer:
- A family guide
- A sample family emergency plan
- A checklist
- Printable resources
We encourage you and your family to take advantage of these resources and include your children in your planning process.