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No one likes to think about the threat of impending emergencies, much less sprinting out the door to equip the house for every eventuality. However, enlisting the cooperation of your teenager to help prepare your household for an emergency is the perfect way to get set, fast. It also presents a great opportunity to begin a family conversation about disaster preparedness, not to mention honing your teen's research skills along the way!
To get started, recruit your teen to do some research into disaster preparedness. Do you live on or around a fault line? Are you in hurricane territory? Be ready to cover all your bases by researching tornadoes, earthquakes, fires, and floods. What it takes to be prepared can vary widely depending on whether your home is on the coast, in the woods, on the plains, or in a city. No matter where you live, however, it's important to be prepared for everything - especially if the closest you've gotten to a family emergency discussion is teaching Rover to “stop, drop, and roll”!
First thing's first: a home first aid kit is a household must-have. Although your teen should do his own research into first aid kit components, here are some basics to begin with, as recommended by the Red Cross: