It's never too early to prepare our kids for disaster. That according to Tom Green County's Office of Emergency Management.
As hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires ravish the country, Steve Mild with OEM says that parents in west Texas should use this time to teach important reminders.
Mild says that 14-percent of children ages 2 to 17 have been exposed to disaster in their lives. He also says 25-percent of the children exposed to a disaster reported symptoms suggesting disorders such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and panic attacks.
But there are ways to be proactive instead of reactive, he says. He recommends that families determine an out-of-town contact, create a family plan, and agree on a meeting location in case you cannot go home.
During the disaster itself, Mild says there are ways to keep children informed without instilling fear. He suggests to talk with your child to understand what he or she has heard. he also says keep the information basic and not too detailed. Keeping our kids away from television reports and radio commentary will help ensure our kids are spared from the often times graphic details.
If you have questions on how to create a safety plan or any questions regarding safety, Steve Mild can be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (325)-657-4289.
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