If you’re like most Americans, you have children that you need to consider when making your disaster preparation plans. If not children, then you likely have grandchildren nearby. The point is that you have little people (as in pre-adults) who need your help in making sure that they are safe in a disaster situation. How do you prepare when you have these kids nearby (even in your house)?
The first thing to do is to involve your kids in the process. Kids love to help, and what better way for them to learn how to survive and be safe in a disaster than to help you with that prepping process? You’ll be able to teach them how to gather food, how to find or build shelter, how to ensure water safety and basic sanitation. In short, involving them in the prepping process, may be one of the greatest gifts that you ever give to them.
What else do you need to do? Vince Tuscano says that you need to take into consideration your child’s emotional health in preparing for a disaster. Tuscano writes,
If nothing else, it’s your responsibility as a parent to keep your child safe. And the first way to do that is to tell them they’re safe. Offering hugs and security is your job. So when you sit your child down, make sure he knows that you will do everything you can to keep him as safe as he is, always. During natural disasters, things can always get out of hand. But your kids will feel confident knowing that you’re doing your best for them.
Why is this so important? Because human beings tend to shut down when emotionally overwhelmed. If your kids feel safe and feel that you are doing the best things for them, then they are more likely to be able to handle the idea of going through a disaster, and, in this way, you enable them to take the actions that they need to take.
Beyond these basics, you need to make sure that your kids know their contact information. God forbid that they might get separated from you, but, if they do, they need to know how to reach you (assuming that mobile phones systems are active). Have them memorize this information. It’s better safe than sorry.
So, the short answer to the question is, yes, you can prep with kids. You just have to take their needs into consideration while you do it.