4 ways to be ready for emergencies
You can’t prepare for the worst, but a few plans can make you and your kids feel a little more secure.
Do your children know what do to in the event of a fire, natural disaster or other emergency? Here are some points to consider from Pat Coombe, a counsellor at The Parent Centre

• Be clear that adults are in charge, and don’t put too much responsibility on children to remember how to act in a stressful or dangerous situation.

• Always know where your children are – and make sure that they know where you are. Knowing where to start looking for each other is of vital importance when things go wrong.

• Have lists of emergency numbers in various places around the house and car, not only the fridge. A short list can also be tucked into your child’s school bag. It’s sometimes hard for people to remember simple phone numbers and other details when they are in shock.

• Don’t rely on the cellphone to babysit your child in public places such as the beach or mall. You may think: ‘If something goes wrong, he’ll call me,’ but that may not always be possible. Your presence is the most important thing to keep your child safe.

What other measures do you have in place for emergencies?

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