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Back to School Emergency Preparedness

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A school emergency doesn’t have to be a terrorist attack. It can be the flu spreading like wildfire through the school, it can be a tornado drill or it can be a bad ice storm that knocks out power. But no matter what kind of emergency strikes your child’s school, they should have an emergency plan.

Does your child’s school have an emergency plan in place? Have you asked? If not, find out if the school has a crisis team. You may be able to volunteer to help establish one if there isn’t one already in place.

A school crisis team should be responsible for teaching staff how to handle various disaster situations including:

  • Natural disasters
  • Severe weather
  • Fires
  • Chemical or hazardous material spills
  • Bus crashes
  • School shootings
  • Bomb threats
  • Medical emergencies
  • Student or staff deaths (suicide, homicide,
  • unintentional, or natural)
  • Acts of terror or war
  • Outbreaks of disease or infections

According to the Department of Education, each event can be handled by breaking it down into the following sequence of crisis management.

1. Mitigation/Prevention addresses what schools and districts can do to reduce or eliminate risk to life and property.

2. Preparedness focuses on the process of planning for the worst-case scenario.

3. Response is devoted to the steps to take during a crisis.

4. Recovery deals with how to restore the learning and teaching environment after a crisis.

While you may not be involved in the actual crisis management planning, it is good to ask about these things for your own peace of mind. Find out how the school will handle various situations and how parents will be notified of disasters. Also make sure each classroom has a disaster kit and each teacher knows how to use it.

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Teaching Kids About Earthquakes

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If you are looking for fun, engaging ways to help your kids learn about earthquakes, look no further than the US Geological Survey (USGS). USGS offers lots of activities and information for kids of all ages.

Have some fun with puzzles and games or learn fascinating earthquake facts. Check out the science of earthquake and even get ideas for your school’s science fair.

If you homeschool, you’ll find tons of resources for your curriculum. You can even create a unit study with enough material to teach multiple ages.

Ready to find out more? Check out USGS Earthquakes for Kids page and turn your child into an earthquake expert. Then let them help go through your emergency earthquake kit so they understand how to be prepared when an earthquake strikes.

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Do You See the Storm Coming?

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If you saw a tornado headed toward you, would you ignore it or would you take cover?

If you were told a severe hurricane was going to hit, would you take precautions to protect your family and property, or would you just go about your day?

Sadly, we don’t always get warnings about impending disasters until it is too late. Shouldn’t you prepare now, just in case you don’t get that critical early warning?

Have a kit for you and for any pets you may have. get a first aid kit and be ready. Just in case.

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Options for Emergency Lights

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No home should be without at least one emergency light, and ideally and emergency radio.

A solar/hand crank emergency radio with an LED light built in is perfect. If the power goes out in a disaster, you will be glad you can get emergency updates and see to get around.

But why is it so important to have an LED light? Isn’t a regular flashlight good enough? While it is a good idea to have regular flashlights, you should not rely on them alone. An LED light has many advantages over a regular flashlight.

LED lights are extremely efficient and they last a very long time, which is perfect if there is an emergency. You don’t have to worry that your light may not work. LED lights do not have bulbs with filaments, so there is no worry about replacing broken lightbulbs. As long as your battery works, you’ll have light.

Our emergency LED lights/radios have LiPo batteries, so a dead battery is nothing to worry about either. LiPo stands for lithium-ion polymer. These batteries are long lasting and rechargeable.

The combination of an LED light with a LiPo battery in a hand crank/solar radio is perfect whether you want it for emergency disaster use, or to keep in your car or boat. Whatever use you have for it, it will always be ready when you need it.

Our Solar/Hand Crank Flashlight with AM/FM and Weather Band Radio is also able to charge your cell phone with a car charger or USB port.

As a secondary light, consider the Solar/Handcrank Flashlight with AM/FM Radio. While it doesn’t have Weather Band, it does have a flashing strobe light for emergency signaling as well as a siren. Both lights together will provide your family with light and security in an emergency.

You should also have an emergency light in your vehicle, as well as in your pack if you spend any time in the wilderness, to signal for help. The Emergency Strobe Light is perfect for this.

It is important to have various light sources in an emergency situation. An emergency candle will provide light and warmth. Just be sure it is always supervised to reduce the risk of fire. Emergency candles are also good for camping.

What kind of emergency lights do you have?

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How to Survive an Earthquake

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Earthquakes are not only terrifying; they can be deadly. In 2012, there were over 700 deaths from earthquakes. Learning how to survive an earthquake is essential if you live in any area that is prone to earthquakes.

Who Gets Earthquakes?

Did you know that there are only 8 states that do not report earthquake activity? These states are:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Iowa
  • Maryland
  • North Dakota
  • Vermont
  • Wisconsin

The remaining 42 states are affected by earthquakes. States with the most earthquakes are:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Nevada
  • Washington
  • Idaho
  • Wyoming
  • Montana
  • Utah
  • Oregon

Even though an earthquake may not occur in all these states, it is often felt in the states surround the one struck by an earthquake. It may still cause damage and injuries or death. Therefore, in addition to having a survival kit and first aid kit, it is essential for the majority of people in the U.S. to know how to survive and earthquake when one occurs.

Survival Myth

One common myth is to use the “triangle of life.” This idea was spread via email and was written by Doug Copp from American Rescue Team International. He claims that taking cover under an object that creates a void, often in a triangle shape, is the safest thing to do.

His email states, “…when buildings collapse, the weight of the ceilings falling upon objects or furniture inside crushes these objects, leaving a space or void next to them. This space is what I call the ‘triangle of life‘”

Drop, Cover, and Hold On!

To practice this method:

  • Drop to your knees, before you are knocked down by the shaking.
  • Cover your head and neck under a sturdy table or desk.
  • Hold on to your shelter object and be ready to move if necessary.

If there is nothing to take shelter under, get down against an interior wall and cover your head and neck with your arms. You should also make sure heavy items in your home are secured and use an earthquake kit to make your home safer.

Watch a demonstration of how to survive an earthquake in this video:

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