Involve the kids in getting ready for disasters

SCHOOL holidays are here and the State Emergency Services (SES) is urging the state's youngest residents to join in their family's storm season preparations.

SES Assistant Commissioner Peter Jeffrey encouraged families to take time over the next couple of weeks to sit down with their children and discuss exactly what actions they would take if a natural disaster hit. 

"Storms and cyclones are a part of life in Queensland and as we head into the hotter months, you never know what Mother Nature will throw at you," Mr Jeffrey said.

"While SES volunteers are here to help, there are plenty of simple steps everyone in the household can take to prepare well in advance of a disaster."

Mr Jeffrey explained the importance of involving all family members in creating an emergency plan and emergency kit.

"Your emergency plan should include the specific needs of all family members and outline the steps they should take in an emergency situation arise," he said.

"Practice your emergency plan with everyone in your household these school holidays to make sure all occupants know what to do if an emergency occurs."

Mr Jeffrey encouraged parents and carers to involve their children in putting together an emergency kit; making sure they knew what items were included and where it was kept.

"If the weather is fine, why not get the kids to head out in the garden and help with maintenance around the yard," he said.

"While trimming branches and clearing gutters is not advised for the younger generations, kids can help mum and dad clean up the back yard by picking up their toys.

"Everyone in your household should be involved in your disaster preparations so they understand the risks and appropriate actions required in an emergency."

For more information on preparing for storm and cyclone season visit www.getready.qld.gov.au.



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