Don't Be Scared, Be Prepared!

Welcome to our site!

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Girl Scouts Troop 5127 welcomes you to our emergency preparedness website!

We want to tell you about the importance of your family being prepared for emergencies by

  • Having a communication plan
  • Having an evacuation plan
  • Building an emergency supply kit.

You’ll also find emergency preparedness facts, additional resources, and even games for kids!

Watch our public service announcement on emergency preparedness. We hope you like it!

Troop 5127 thanks EMPOWER and the Girl Scout Council of the National Capital Region for their support.

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Emergency Facts

Be prepared for all types of disasters.

Tornadoes

  • May is historically the most active month for tornadoes.
  • The average number of tornadoes for the month of May during the past decade is 298.

Earthquakes

Earthquakes can happen anywhere but they mainly occur along fault lines. Surviving an earthquake and reducing its health impact can be accomplished by the three P’s:

  1. Preparation – You should gather emergency supplies.
  2. Planning – Identify and reduce possible hazards in your home.
  3. Practice – Have a family plan and practice!

Power Outages

  • There is no season in which power outages are most common. They can occur at any time.
  • The most common reason for power outages is tree damage.

For more information on tornadoes and earthquakes please visit the CDC’s website

Preparedness Resources for Schools

Schools and education agencies cannot prevent natural disasters or even many man-made crises, but they can prepare for and plan to respond to such emergencies. Resources are available to help schools, education agencies, and institutions of higher education develop such plans, usually in collaboration with public health and first responder agencies.

Emergency Preparedness Games

These are some great games that will encourage kids to think about more emergency preparedness.

SONG:  Click here for lyrics to a song that will get kids in the mood for emergency preparedness.

ACTIVITIES:  Here is an activity book filled with tons of fun activities that shows kids the  importance of emergency preparedness with the fun of crossword puzzles, word searches, coloring pages, and comics.

ACTIVITY BOOK:  This another activity book that will encourage kids to pay more attention on emergency preparedness, but it includes your favorite Sesame Street™ characters.

ACTIVITY SHEETS: These are from the American Red Cross and are simple things kids can do to help their families prepare for emergencies.

COLORING BOOKS: Here are some coloring books the American Red Cross put together for kids on a variety of important emergency preparedness and safety topics.

FOR PARENTS: These documents will show you how to explain the importance of emergency preparedness.

Emergency Supply Kit

Make your own emergency supply kit.  This will help you to be prepared for any type of emergency.

  • Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Food, at least a three-day supply
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Battery-powered or radio and extra batteries
  • Extra prescription medications
  • Cell phone with charger
  • Money
  • Blankets
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Emergency phone numbers
  • Map
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper (when diluted in water, bleach can be used to kill germs.) Print directions on how do safely do this.
  • Paper cups, plates and plastic knives, forks and spoons, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  • Supplies for babies and pets (as needed)

Evacuation

Why do you need an evacuation plan?

  • It’s not nice to think about, but what if there’s a fire or an earthquake? What will you do? You need an evacuation plan because you need to BE PREPARED! If you have a way to get out of your house fast that might just save you and your family’s life!

How do I make a good evacuation plan?

  • Have a layout of where you live, then start mapping out exits/entrances (because entrances can also be used as exits)
  • You should also have an emergency evacuation kit ready if you need it (hopefully you won’t.)
  • You should also get the whole family together and make an evacuation plan. You should also have a place to meet with your family if the house is unsafe.
  • Also don’t forget a key!!!

What if I’m home alone?

  • Have a responsible adult come and get you or call your emergency number. If you have an older sibling, call them or just ask your (adult) neighbor for help.

What if I’m scared?

  • Please refer to our motto: DON’T BE SCARED, BE PREPARED!

For more information please go to: http://www.ready.gov/evacuation-guidelines

Do you have a family preparedness plan?

It’s important to plan ahead so that during an emergency you know what to do and how to get in touch with other family members!  Here’s how to create a clear family emergency plan.

   Fun Activity!

Gather your family members (including your pets!) together for a quick family meeting, maybe over a pizza or before watching your favorite movie.

Talk about the following questions and make a list of your family’s solutions. Use the tips provided as a guide!  Before you know it you will have a plan in place that everyone in your family can follow. And if an unexpected event does happen you can stay calm; listen to the direction of adults around you, like your teachers or parents and follow your plan

If there were an emergency and we were not together in the same place…

How would we get in touch with each other?

  • Decide that each member will call or e-mail the same person. For example, each person will contact Uncle Bob first. If he’s not home, each person will contact Aunt Suzie instead.If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you’ve listed them as emergency contacts.
  • If cell phones are not working, you should try using a land-line phone at a neighbor’s or friend’s house, or a public telephone. Everyone should have coins or a prepaid phone card to make the call.
  • It might be easier to reach a person who’s out of town. You can contact him or her to let them know you’re okay

Where would we meet?  

  • Choose an easy-to-find location near your home, then practice getting there from different locations around your neighborhood.
  • Also, choose an easy-to-find location outside of your neighborhood in case you can’t get home. With your parents, practice getting to that location from school, sports practice, or other places where you have after-school activities

How would we stay in contact?

  • You should keep a copy of your family’s contact numbers and meeting place(s) taped to the inside of your binder or homework notebook, in your book bag, or your wallet. Your plan should include all the phone numbers you might need.
  • Remember, you might have trouble getting through on the phone during an emergency. Just keep trying or send a text message. Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
What would I do if I were at school? 
  • Make sure your parents talk to your teacher or school principal about the school’s emergency plan.
  • Depending on the unexpected event, your school may have a plan in place that will have you stay in your classroom or go somewhere else.
  • The most important things you can do if an emergency happens while you are at school are to stay calm and listen to the direction of your teachers or principal.
How will we stay updated?
  • Subscribe to alert services. Many communities now have systems that will send instant text alerts or e-mails to let you know about bad weather, road closings, local emergencies, etc. Sign up by visiting:   www.ready.gov/community-state-info
  • Remember, you might have trouble getting through on the phone during an emergency. Just keep trying or send a text message. Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.