3 Tips to Entertain Your Kids During a Disaster

When you think about emergency preparation, you might think about things like food storage, emergency plans, and having sufficient water for each member of your family. You’ve thought about how to protect your family, but have you planned how you are going to entertain them?

If not, don’t be alarmed—we’ve got you covered.

Emergencies are inherently stressful, hectic, and difficult times. Your mind is racing, your heart is pumping, and the last thing you need to worry about is keeping your young child distracted and entertained. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of 3 simple tips to entertain and distract your child so you can focus on the task at hand: survival.


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1. Make Them a Special Emergency Prep Kit

Beyond the standard emergency prep kit, create a special kit for you child with additional items. For instance, you could add a simple puzzle or portable game to entertain and distract them.

You may also find it useful to include nutritious snacks such as granola bars and trail mix, too. After all, kids don’t have the same tastes as their parents, so it’s smart to include food that they enjoy and will want.


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2. Assign a Buddy

While giving your child games to play or snacks to munch on are helpful tricks, you still need someone to keep an eye on them. Ask someone else (another sibling or a trusted adult) to watch out for them. Then, you can rest easy, knowing that your kids will be safe.


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3. Give Them a Simple Job

Another good idea to keep your child busy is to help them feel included and useful. Everyone likes to feel useful, and that is even more true in a natural disaster. While children won’t be able to help in the same way as adults, they often enjoy feeling like they play a part in your emergency plan. Even if the job is as small as asking them to hold your hand, it will go a long way in keeping them calm and focused.

In an emergency, you need to be able to dedicate your full attention towards the task at hand. Protecting your loved ones is hard work, and every distraction that takes you away from that goal can be costly. These 3 tips will go a long way to helping your child stay safe, giving you time to focus on survival, and ensuring that your family can make it another day.

If your child is still young, try reading these tips on how to prep with an infant in mind. And check out this article on how to prevent your kids from freaking out during a disaster.