Tips on Teaching Kids on Emergency Preparation

Earthquakes and floods are becoming more common in recent years even in Singapore, that is why people should be prepared to act appropriately when needed to avoid panic and injuries. These can be frightening even for adults, but children’s preparedness for disasters are usually overlooked unless there is an occasional school drill.

Here are tips on how you can prepare your kids at home for emergencies.

Read up on natural disasters

Understanding what happens during an emergency might help family members calm down and to think of better ways to deal with the situation. Explain why they need to be calm and to acknowledge that fear is normal but it should not get in the way of doing what is supposed to be done.

Even children who cannot yet read will be able to pick up useful information by reading books on topics such as earthquakes, flooding, waterspouts, heatwaves, etc.

Prepare emergency kits

No one can be fully prepared for unpredictable natural phenomena, but you can control what your family should do during and after an emergency. There might come a time when you might have to ask them to help treat a wound or fracture or how to call for help when you are injured or immobilized. Older children should know basic first aid and how to use a flashlight or emergency light, mobile phone, and to pack light essentials in a few minutes.

Let them participate in emergency preparation

Ask the children to help identify items needed for an emergency including where to find flashlights or emergency lights, finding the emergency exits and stairs, and what to bring during an evacuation. Letting them read a checklist can keep their minds preoccupied to avoid panic.

Don’t forget to plan where to meet and how to get there in case you get separated during an evacuation. Children should be familiar of the escape/evacuation routes in the apartment complex. You can do this by drawing a map or showing them where the stairs and exits are. Role-playing is also a fun way to help them remember the information.

Prepare them for school

Schools occasionally schedule a drill, but you can also help b using the same techniques needed at home. They should have your contact number and address at all times in case they get separated. If possible, you can post important information such as blood type and allergies on the child’s identification.

Teach them when to call for help

What if your child encounters another person who might be in need of help? Children should be taught how to assess an emergency situation without having to use a lot of medical terms. It can be as simple as pointing out that if someone is lying down on the ground, the person might need help.

Before calling for help, however, remind them that they should be somewhere safe before calling for help. Then, make them remember and understand keywords such as “ambulance” and “emergency” if their vocabulary is limited.

Scamming 101: The Basics of Scam

Here in Singapore, the police are reminding the public not to talk to strangers because they might ask more than what you can give. There is a new scam here in Singapore where they target men. At first, a girl will add you in WeChat or iAround. Out of good will, you will accept her but soon you will be a victim of scamming.

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The girl will bombard you with messages asking for a meeting. If you succumb, you will pay dearly. The police call this the Alipay scam. Next time, you should be wary of strangers that you befriend online. There is nothing wrong if you befriend other people online but if she insists on meeting you and demands of money, that my friend, is not normal. If you experience this, the police are urging you to dial 999 or call 1800-255-0000.

You should know that there are many forms of scamming. People now are becoming creative and innovative. You will not know when you will become a victim. For example, there’s a scam for forwarding packages or forwarding money. You should know when it becomes a scam so you can avoid it. Here are some basics of scam that you should note:

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  • Scamming is everywhere: Whether you are in Europe, Africa or Asia, scamming is prominent. Scamming is everywhere. There are people who think that scamming is only happening here in Asia. You should not be comfortable because it can happen everywhere.
  • Names and title mean nothing: Scammers will give you names and title but you have to know that these things mean nothing. Names and titles are just things that scammers say so you will believe them. It is important that you check them out first.
  • Company name is fake: Know that a legitimate company never courses their transactions to a private individual. If you are approached by a “company” and asks you to transact business, you should be wary.
  • Bogus phone numbers: Of course scammers will give you phone numbers. You can call the number and find that someone will answer all your queries. You should know that there are phone numbers that can be forwarded to other countries.

As mentioned earlier, scamming is prominent and it is everywhere. You do not know when it will strike and when you become a victim. The next time you notice the things mentioned above, you will know that there is a possibility that you are being baited.

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Surviving a Plane Crash

If you are watching the news, you might have heard about a Singapore Airlines airbus A380 doing emergency landing in Azerbaijan on January 7, 2014 because of the loss of pressure in the cabin. The plane has 467 passengers with 27 crews. The airline was proud to inform the public that there were no casualties. They said that the deployment of oxygen masks was considered immediately.

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This scenario is not new in the aviation industry. When something is wrong, many planes perform emergency landing but there are planes that cannot make it to the nearest airport. Passengers can either die or survive when they face plane crash. Who wants to die? Of course everybody wants to survive. If you want to survive a plane crash, you can consider the following things:

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    1. Fasten seatbelt: If you are prompted by the pilot or the flight attendants to fasten your seatbelt, you have to follow it and never ask questions. This is for your own safety no matter how uncomfortable it feels.
    2. Listen to flight attendants: If you may notice, before ascending or during taxiing of the plane, flight attendants will talk about safety measures in the event of plane crash. You have to listen to them seriously.
    3. Read safety card: If you want to review safety measures, do not worry because you can read safety card tucked in front of you. Reading it won’t take long.
    4. Ride bigger planes: If money is not an issue, as much as possible ride bigger planes. You should know that larger planes have greater energy absorption. This means that you will endure lesser force.
    5. Put masks on: As soon as the oxygen masks are deployed, you have to reach for it and put it on immediately. The mask will help you breath normally even if you are at high altitude.

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