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Important Steps of a Storm Drill for Kids

1/17/2024 (Permalink)

When it comes to storms, teaching children about safety measures and procedures can go a long way in reducing panic and fear, while ensuring their safety. The execution of storm drills forms an integral part of this learning process. In this blog post, we will uncover key steps for conducting an effective storm drill with children ensuring that they're well-equipped to handle such a situation.

1. Understand Storm Safety

Start your storm drill by explaining what a storm is, the effects it can have, and why safety measures are necessary. Use age-appropriate language and encourage them to ask questions to ensure they grasp the information.

2. Identify Safe Areas in the Home

Teach children about safe areas within the home during a storm. This could be a basement or a small, windowless room located on the lowest floor. Show them these spaces and explain why they are the safest options.

3. Prepare a Storm Kit

A Storm Kit is essential during storm situations. Help the children to prepare one, including necessities such as flashlights, batteries, bottled water, canned food, blankets, and a portable radio. The children should know where this kit is stored and be able to access it easily.

4. Establish an Emergency Communication Plan

Children need to know how to communicate during an emergency. Share important contact numbers and also educate them on how to use devices to make emergency calls if needed.

5. Conduct Regular Drills

Repetition is key. Regular storm drills re-emphasize safety procedures, making children more comfortable executing them. Start the drill simulating a storm warning and allow the children to go through the steps learned. Just like a fire drill, have a defined alarm or sound trigger the storm drill.

6. Review the Drill

After conducting the storm drill, gather the children and ask about their experience. This is an opportunity to clarify any misunderstandings, reinforce the importance of each step, and offer any required adjustments to the plan.

Remember, the ultimate goal of storm drills is to make children feel safe, prepared, and confident, not scared. Emphasize the importance of preparation and ensure that children understand that these drills are just the best possible way to stay safe during a storm.

At SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, we're committed to helping families stay safe and restore their homes after a storm. We're available 24/7, offering expert storm damage restoration services that help you make it "Like it never even happened." Remember, when it comes to storms, preparedness leads to safety. And if the storm does do damage, SERVPRO® is here to help.

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