There are three stages to a disaster:
- preparation—planning, training, exercises, etc
- event—this is when the most lives are at stake and time is off the essence
- recovery—when efforts are made to restore life to the way it once was.
If you want to prepare for a disaster, there are several web-based games and quizzes that can help you in your efforts. Two of these are:
- Just For Kids webpage from the government of British Columbia
- FEMA also has a kids’ page with some excellent tests including one that prints as a graphic novel featuring the Disaster Masters when completed
But these two sites are part of the preparation stage of a disaster. They lead to another question: what are you going to do to amuse yourself after the event has passed? Major disasters often result in damage that can take literally months to repair. That may mean a lot of time without power or your usual activities. If you don’t have a computer to read, a Wii to play with, or phone service to text your friends, let alone a ride to soccer practice, how will you stay busy and avoid the trap of boredom and maybe even depression?
Does your emergency kit contain anything on this list:
- A book
- Pen, pencil and paper
- A small musical instrument
- A sewing kit
- A deck of cards or
- A portable game like you might take on a car trip?
What else might you include for entertainment in case you have to leave home for a few days?
Photo from iStock: Child and mother by Toffic