floods, forest fires and mudslides, seem to be happening more frequently. There’s no need to be afraid, but you should be prepared.
Talk with your family about what to do in a natural disaster. Choose a place to meet near your home if you become separated. Memorize important phone numbers like your grandparents’ numbers or your parents’ work numbers. Take a basic first aid class and learn about what to do in a variety of natural disasters. Finally, make 72-hour kits with your family. These kits contain all the essential things you’ll need to survive for up to three days.
Materials for a 72 Hour Emergency Preparation Kit
- Sturdy backpack
- Laminated paper that contains your name, parents’ names, address and phone number, as well as the names and phone numbers of a few friends and relatives
- A bracelet that contains your name, phone number and your parents’ information. This can be a paper bracelet like the kind you wear at an amusement park.
- Enough food to last for three days. Get non-perishable, high-energy foods like granola bars, dried fruit, packets of tuna fish or chocolate.
- At least one gallon of water. Two or three gallons are better.
- A flashlight with batteries
- First aid kit
- Trash bags, moist wipes and ties
- A change of clothes
- Sleeping bag
- Money and matches placed in a plastic container that won’t get wet
Your parents may have a few additional items in their backpacks. Keep all the backpacks together in a place where you can get them quickly. Go through the backpacks at least twice a year and review your family’s disaster plans.
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