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Panic Day

Try to stay calm, take a deep breath. For today is Panic Day! Typically celebrated by doing something to relieve stress, instead I am using this day as a day to prepare for emergencies. Talk to your child about where to meet in case of a fire, how to call 9-1-1, and how to make an emergency kit. Then, maybe after all this planning for emergencies and disasters, you can do some Yoga to de-stress!

Books & Videos | Emergency Kit | Family Plan | Emergency Preparedness Checklist |

Books & Videos

  Let's Get Ready Sesame Street Video Let's Get Ready Sesame Street Video
Sesame Workshop, along with its project partners has created Let?s Get Ready! Planning Together for Emergencies with tips, activities, and other easy tools to help the whole family prepare for emergencies ? together!

Emergency Kit

Pack a family emergency kit together, and put it in a place where you can quickly grab it, in case of an emergency. This is a very basic list. Also see the Emergency Preparedness Checklist.
Emergency Kit
What You'll Need:
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries for the flashlights
  • Water for everyone
  • Canned Food
  • First Aid Kit
  • Radio
  • Crayons & Paper
  • Small stuffed animals
  • Backpack

How To Make:

1. Shop for items together.
2. Place all items in the backpack (except for gallons of water).
3. Put backpack in a place you can quickly find it.

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Family Plan

Hopefully, your family will never need to use the family plan or emergency kit, but if you do, everyone will be prepared as possible to make sure you each find each other safely.
Family Plan

How To Make:

1. Names
Make sure your child knows their first name and last name, as well as yours. If you get separated, this will help others reconnect them to you. If they don't already know it, make up a song to help them learn.

2. Address and cell phone number
Also important is to teach them their address and your cell phone number. Again, you can make up a song to help them learn. (Also, check out Telephone Day to make a cell phone they can practice on!) If they have a backpack for school or daycare, you can also put important names and phone numbers, such as yours and other emergency contacts, such as a grandparent or aunt.

3. Have a meeting place outside of your house
In case of a fire or other emergency inside your home, decide on a place to meet outside your house. Discuss as a family, and practice it, just like a school fire drill!

4. Calling 9-1-1
Talk to them about calling 9-1-1 in case of an emergency. Reasons to call 9-1-1 would be for a fire, someone is really hurt, or a bad guy is around. Be careful not to scare your children. Remind them they will probably never need to call 9-1-1, but that it's important to know what to do, just in case!

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Emergency Preparedness Checklist

  Emergency Preparedness Checklist This is a more comprehensive emergency checklist for preparing for tornado, flash flood, earthquake, winterstorm, hurrican, fire, or a hazardous material spill. (Click on the red cross to download the pdf file).
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