I'm a StormSafe Kid
Are you a StormSafe Kid? Learn how to be a StormSafe Kid here!
Children can play a very important role in helping families, schools and friends be aware of, prepared for and respond better to storms.
One of the ways children can do this is by being a StormSafe Kid.
Paddy Platypus is a huge fan of StormSafe Kids and knows that he can rely on them to help the NSW SES make sure all kids are safe during storms.
Being a StormSafe kid means that you help your family and friends become StormSafe and pledge to look out for yourself, your family and your friends before, during and after storms. This includes:
- Helping my family, friends and neighbours plan for storms
- Helping my family maintain my yard or balcony
- Helping put together an emergency kit for my home and school and updating the batteries every year
- Following all instructions given to me by my parents, the NSW SES and other emergency services during storms
- Never playing in floodwater including storm water
- Helping my friends become StormSafe Kids too
StormSafe Kid activities
What do I need to know to become a StormSafe Kid?
Being a StormSafe Kid means knowing what to do before, during and after storms. Here are some StormSafe Fact Sheets and the NSW SES 8 StormSafe Tips postcard to get you on your way with some simple things you can do before, during and after storms:
- 8 StormSafe Tips
- Prepare your home StormSafe Fact Sheets
- Preparing for a storm
- During a Storm
- After a Storm
StormSafe Kids get their kit together
Being a StormSafe Kid is also about helping your family and class at school put together an emergency kit. An emergency kit is useful if you need to leave your house or classroom because of storms. Putting together an emergency kit with your family and class mates can be a great way to make sure you are ready for any emergency.
Find out what goes into an emergency kit
- Keep your emergency kit in a waterproof storage container
- Check your emergency kit on a regular basis (remember to check use-by dates on batteries and gloves) and restock items if you need to
- Also, keep a list of emergency numbers near your phone or on your fridge.
Play the emergency kit memory game
Never play in floodwater
During and after storms we often see images on the news and in newspapers of children playing in floodwater and storm water. This is very dangerous and some children have lost their lives by playing in floodwater caused by storms.
Floodwater can be deeper and flow faster than it looks on the surface. It can also cover drains and erode surfaces that you cannot see. Sometimes water can suddenly move through hidden drains and pipes. There can also be snags and other things in floodwater which can trap you underwater. Floodwater can also contain waste, poisons, dead animals, garbage and sewage. It is not a nice place to play.
Swimming, riding boogie boards, riding through and jumping into floodwater can be very dangerous.
This is why a StormSafe kid would NEVER play in floodwater or storm water and would also look out for their friends to make sure they were safe as well.
Being a StormSafe Kid means you are looking out for your friends as well and helping them become StormSafe Kids with you. The most important thing here is making sure your friends are safe during storms by telling them the dangers of playing in floodwater.
Rewards for being a StormSafe Kid
Being a StormSafe Kid is having responsibility to make sure you, your family, your class mates and your friends always look after each other when there is a storm. It is also about helping to plan for storms and helping to recover after them.
This is a big responsibility.
To thank you for being a StormSafe Kid, the NSW SES has wrist bands and certificates for kids who are StormSafe. These are available from the NSW SES at community events or by contacting the NSW SES State Headquarters.
To find out how to become a FloodSafe Kid, visit the NSW SES FloodSafe Kid web page.