Tornado season is upon us in Minnesota. Maybe your family already has had to camp out in the basement during a tornado warning. But when you take the weather radio and flashlights downstairs, do your kids know what's going on? What would they do if you weren't there with them?
Storms and tornadoes are just one of the plethora of emergency situations kids can face. What if, for example, an adult has a medical emergency and the child is the only other person around?
Some organizations, like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, have programs geared toward teaching kids about being safe in emergencies; FEMA's provides different web pages and quizzes, which ask questions from whether it's OK to drink flood water, to whether it's best to stay low to the ground during a fire.
What do you do to prepare your kids for a situation that might require a quick—and often very adult—reaction? How old do kids need to be to start preparing to be safe during a tornado, a fire or a medical emergency, and has it ever been difficult for you to get the message across?
Our five-member Moms Council—including, , and —is ready to weigh in on the discussion this week and encourage you to share your thoughts as well.
Post your thoughts, advice or questions in the comments section below. Also, if you live in the area and are interested in joining our Moms Council, e-mail Editor David Henke at firstname.lastname@example.org.