Posted on September 15, 2015
The third Tuesday in September is the day to prepare for emergencies or disasters. Families, communities, schools, and workplaces can all hold events to raise awareness, make plans, and get actual preparedness supplies ready.
There are great resources for Get Ready Day on the official website!
I discovered that there is also a National PrepareAthon on September 30; check out the government website's resources now to get ready for getting ready!
I also discovered this emergency preparedness for kids website.
Is it worrisome and depressing?
I sometimes worry that kids will get overly anxious or even depressed if we spend time talking about what to do in a disaster. However, apparently most people do know that disaster is always a possibility, and they feel stronger and more confident about dealing with ANYthing if they've planned for a possible emergency or disaster.
I really enjoyed reading astronaut Chris Hadfield's book An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. In the book, he mentions how calm and capable astronauts are in difficult situations – precisely because they prepare and prepare and prepare some more, asking themselves what terrible thing MIGHT happen? And how can prevent it? And if it happens anyway, how can we cope with it?
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