Does your kids know what to do when typhoon, earthquake or fire arises? It’s best to teach your children what to do when these types of calamity come
Does your kids know what to do when typhoon, earthquake or fire arises? It’s best to teach your children what to do when these types of calamity comes, because us parents are not 100% near them all the time. What if it happens at school?
Philippines is surrounded by water, including the biggest ocean in the world – The Pacific Ocean, thus making it prone to flood and typhoons. The Philippines is along the volcanic region known as the “Pacific Ring of Fire”, thus making it prone to earthquakes and fire – because it’s a tropical country and has high-sensible temperature. At some point, your child will experience these things without you by their side so the best way to protect them is to teach them what to do on such situations.
Teaching them should not only be verbal but also a ‘hands-on experience’. Try to make practice earthquake drills, so that they know exactly what to expect and where to go. To help kids understand it better, Prudence Foundation has launched a safety awareness program called Safe Steps Kids, in partnership with Cartoon Network, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), to show videos for kids that provides vital survival tips to prepare them in case of natural disasters.
They prepared 12 videos that lasts 50-seconds, to provide educational and practical information on natural disasters. They used Cartoon Network’s most loved characters that are already familiar to children.
In the first series of Safe Steps Kids, tackles about the natural disaster. The first series was of The Powerpuff Girls, teaching kids what to do when natural calamities come, while the second series was of the We Bare Bears that teaches about first aid and the third series was of The Amazing World of Gumball that talks about road safety.
In the first video of the series, the powerpuff girls face a fire emergency. Bubbles goes to the side and “activates a fire alarm”, while blossom calls the fire services or an adult. Blossom also teaches that if clothes catch fire, they should stop, drop and roll. Buttercup tries to exit through the door, but the door handle is hot, which means that there is fire on the other side. Find another exit. The girls “crawl and stay below the smoke, and cover their nose and mouth” until they exit the building.
In the second video, the powerpuff girls face a flood emergency. The girls unplugged all electrical appliances. They stocked up on food, water and emergency tools to ready to evacuate. Be sure to check updates from authorized sources about the storm thru radio or smart phones. Also, do not try to go into the flood but instead get to a higher ground.
In the third video of the series, the powerpuff girls face an earthquake. In event of an earthquake, avoid going near windows, glass and heavy objects. The girls and the mayor hides under a sturdy desk table and advises that a sturdy door frame will also do, until the shaking stops. When it has stopped, go outside immediately. The girls prevent the mayor from going into the elevator, but instead uses the stairs because there could be aftershocks which could be stronger than the first shake.
You can also check out their website, www.safestepskids.com/disasters for more information or if you would like to see the videos. Else, you can see it air on Cartoon Network SkyCable Channel 178 (HD), Cignal Digital TV Channel 220 (HD), Destiny Cable Channel 178 (HD Digital) and Sky Direct Channel 15 (HD). Let us make use of these platforms to educate our children on what to do in such calamities.