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Emergency preparedness tips for parents
Everyone should be prepared to implement their own personal emergency management plan. Although emergencies usually happen when we least expect them, there are certain things that we can do to help make sure they are well managed. Here are some tips to prepare for an emergency.
Create a disaster kit
Families should have basic supplies on hand in order to survive for at least three days if an emergency occurs (enough of each item for every member of the family – and don’t forget your pets). 1.) Water (at least one gallon of water for each person per day) 2.) Non-perishable foods (with a can opener) 3.) Needed medical supplies, such as prescriptions or contact lenses 4.) First Aid Kit 5.) Flashlight and radio (with extra batteries) 6.) Blankets
Change stored food and water supplies every six months. Be sure to write the date on all containers.
Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change. Also, most shelters won’t allow you to bring your pets, so plan accordingly.
Make sure your children know their first and last name as well as their address and a phone number for parents.
Meet with your family and discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play.
Make sure everyone in the family knows where they are supposed to meet in case they are separated for various emergencies: - Choose a place right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire. - Select a location within your home that would be a safe place to go during a tornado warning. - Choose a location outside your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate.
Decide on an out-of-state friend or family member to be the single point of contact for your family.
Not all urgent care locations or hospitals are created equal.
At all Children's Hospital Colorado Emergency Department and urgent care locations, everyone from doctors to lab techs specialize in pediatrics. And, as the hospital that sees, treats and cures more kids than all other Colorado hospitals combined, we have more pediatric experience than any other hospital in Colorado. This expertise helps us offer faster and more accurate diagnoses, and start treatment sooner.
If a child is choking or needs immediate care, the best choice is to call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Department. But, when possible, driving to a Children's Colorado pediatric urgent or emergency care location closest to you can help ensure your child gets the absolute best care, even for something as simple as stitches or a broken bone.
We all want to help those in need, and never is there a greater need than during a disaster. So that we at Children’s Hospital Colorado can also be prepared, please consider giving blood or platelets. To schedule an appointment, please call 720-777-5398 or send an email.