Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group is reminding parents that the start of the school year is a great time to talk to kids about being prepared at school and at home.
Group Controller Ian Macdonald says helping kids understand and plan for emergencies improves the preparedness of the whole community.
“We know that resilient communities start with resilient kids,” Ian Macdonald said.
“When our tamariki are involved in preparing for emergencies and learning about the hazards in our region, they encourage their whole whānau to be more prepared and play a more active role in responding to and recovering from emergencies.
“We’re encouraging parents to talk to your kids in an honest - but not scary - way about what might happen in an emergency and what you can do to keep safe.
“As a parent, talk to your children about how you would contact each other in an emergency, and the other possible people who could pick them up if you’re not able to reach them.
“Involving the kids in your household emergency plan, working out where you’ll meet up if you can’t get home, deciding who your emergency contacts will be and checking what supplies you will need makes them feel more prepared too.
“The more involved they are, the less scared they will be if an emergency does happen,” Ian Macdonald said.
Ian Macdonald said last week’s nationwide move to the Red “traffic light” setting provided a good opportunity to involve kids in planning for what to do if your household needs to isolate.
“Over the coming weeks, your household could have to isolate due to COVID-19 and you might need to learn or work from home. There’s a lot you can do as a family to get ready for this,” Ian Macdonald said.
Back to School Get Ready Tips
18 February 2022
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