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Caribbean Disaster Mitigation and Community Empowerment Initiative UNITED CARIBBEAN TRUST-Caribbean Mitigation

EVERY family throughout the Caribbean needs to plan for what might happen. Families should sit down and talk about:

  1. What types of disasters might occur in their area, that may include hurricane, volcano, earthquake, flood and tsunami.
  2. What they should do to prepare
  3. Creating their family disaster kit
  4. What to do if you are asked to leave your home

CHILDREN should talk to your family about:

  1. Where to meet away from your home in case of a disaster (like a neighbor’s/family house or the nearest hurricane shelter);
  2. Where to meet outside your neighborhood if you must evacuate. Possible a friend or relative’s house;
  3. Where to call to "check in" if you become separated from your family during a disaster.
  4. You should memorize the phone number of a family member who lives in another area of the island.
  5. You would call there to report where you are so your family can find you.
  6. You can also talk with your whole neighborhood about disaster plans. Find out if someone in your neighborhood has a special skill -- like a doctor, nurse, police, teacher, fireman etc..

Be sure your house has a smoke detector and remember to change the batteries

You may have to leave your house during a disaster and may sleep somewhere else for a while. It’s smart to put together your own Kid’s Activity Survival Kit so you will have things to do and share with other kids. These can all be stored in a backpack or duffel bag. Just make sure you can carry it easily.

Some suggested items for your

KIDS Activity Survival Kit:

  • A few of your favorite books
  • Crayons, pencils or marking pens and plenty of paper
  • Scissors and glue
  • Two favorite toys such as a doll or action figure
  • One or two board games
  • A deck of cards
  • A puzzle (One with lots of pieces is good -- it takes a long time to do!)
  • Small people figures and play vehicles that you can use to play out what is happening during your disaster -- such as ambulance, fire truck, helicopter, dump truck, police car, small boats.
  • Favorite stuffed animal or puppet
  • Favorite blanket or pillow
  • Pictures of the family and pet
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