FLOOD - A flood is an abnormal progressive rise in the water level of streams or rivers which may result in overflowing. Floods in the Caribbean can often be caused by heavy rainfall, dam or levee failures, tsunamis, storm surges or burst water mains.
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My Flood Kiddie Kit

Every disaster blaster kid should know what to do if a natural hazard is about to occur. Making sure that you are ready for a flood means that you have to pack a Flood Kiddie Kit. Putting your kit together is easy, all you need to do is pack some things that you will really need, some of the items
are things you use everyday.
Read the list below to find out all the things you should pack in you kit.

  • Flashlight (so you can see in the dark in case the electricity
    gets turned off)
     
  • Extra batteries (in case the ones you have run out of energy)
     
  • A battery operated radio (during any disaster you should listen to the radio for updates and warnings)
     
  • A first aid kit (just in case you get hurt)
     
  • Insect repellant

  • Canned food (canned food stays fresh longer, and the packaging protects the food inside from getting damaged or contaminated. If you are trapped indoors or the flooding has prevent stores from opening, stocking up on can foods helps to make sure you can eat until things return to normal)
     
  • Soap, toothbrush and toothpaste (in case you have to evacuate these will help you to stay clean and fresh)
     
  • Hand sanitizer (if tap water gets switched off, you will have a way to keep your hands clean)
     
  • Medication

  • Extra clothes (in case you have to evacuate)
     
  • Rain gear (rain coat and rubber shoes or boots in case you have to walk through water or the rain)
     
  • Pillow and blanket

  • A favourite toy or colouring book  (in case you get bored)

Many of these items you may already have at home. Tell your parents you them to help you put together your Flood Kiddie Kit, then ask them where to find the items that you will need.

Kiddie Evacuation Plan

If you are told to evacuate, it means that you have been asked to leave where you are and go to safer place immediately. There are places called evacuation shelters, these are safe locations where people stay during a disaster.


Every disaster blaster kid should know what to do if an evacuation is needed. When planning for an evacuation, there are certain things you should know.
Take a look at the Kiddie Evacuation Sheet below. When you fill in all the spaces, you have completed the Kiddie Evacuation Plan.

  1. Emergency Contact Numbers (these are the people you should call if something goes wrong. Ask your parents to teach you about the right times to use these numbers. )
POLICE Tel: 
FIRE Tel: 
AMBULANCE  
Tel: 
HOSPITAL Tel: 
  1. Evacuation Shelter (This is where you will go if you are told to evacuate.) Find out which shelter is the nearest.
    You should also get the telephone number.

EVACUATION SHELTER
Name:
 
Address:
 
Tel:
 

  1. Emergency contact family member (This is the person that you and your family have agreed to contact if you get separated during the disaster)

EMERGENCY CONTACT FAMILY MEMBER
Name: 
Tel:     

  1. Meeting Place (This is where you and your family have arranged to meet if you are unable to get home when the disaster strikes or if for some reason you become separated.

MEETING PLACE :
 

 

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