The computer has been reincarnated, so I'm back. I only have about a hundred posts to write, but the photo editing software isn't installed yet, so I guess I get to start with a non-photo intensive post. This will be the first in a bunch of posts having to do with preparedness and self-reliance when you've got kids that I'll randomly toss out in no particular order and well mixed with other posts. I could write this up as one long post, but it would be one LONG post and I'm not too crazy about long posts (writing them or reading them--maybe it's ADD). Now, those of you without children living at home, don't go ignoring these Kids Prep Minute posts--many of them will be helpful for you even without little ones around.
Children are a special consideration when you are preparing for an uncertain future. If you have children in your home, they are your responsibility, and I believe they should also be your partners in preparation. There are many things that we as parents can do to help our kids be better prepared, and one of those is making plans with them.
Do they know what to do if the house is on fire? What about for an earthquake? An evacuation? A tornado? What if these things happen while they are at school and dad and/or mom is at work? What is the plan? If they know where to go, who to contact, where you will meet them, etc. it can greatly reduce their anxiety level and yours when there is a need to put those plans into action.
So here's your assignment (and mine too): If your child is in school, find out what the school's plans are for an emergency. Then get together with your family and make a plan or two. Write them down if you want. You could put copies in their backpacks. Make sure everybody knows the plan and how to get in contact with each other. Well, I think my minute's up. More Kids Prep ideas in another post ;).