It is important to include your children in discussions about emergency plans for your household and family. When children know what to do in an emergency, they are more likely to cope, stay safe and provide meaningful help.
To prepare your child/ren for an emergency, we recommend completing this checklist as a household:
- All the children in our house know what an emergency is (a serious, dangerous and scary situation where help might be needed).
- All the children in our house know how to stay calm by ‘breathing with colour’ (slowly breathing in their favourite colour and then slowly exhaling their least favourite colour to regulate their breathing).
- All the children in our house know how and when to call for help (For guidance visit kids.triplezero.gov.au).
- We have a safe meeting place outside our house and have practised how to get there.
- We know who to call if we can’t find each other.
- We have an emergency kit packed ready to go if we have to leave our house quickly.