AbledKids Sesame Street Emergency Kit

POSTED ON October 7th  - POSTED IN AbledKids
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Breaking News on TV seems to follow an annual cycle of seasonally-associated natural disasters that can stem from hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, flooding and more. Not to mention, unexpected disasters such as earthquakes, terrorist  attacks, viral outbreaks like Ebola and a host of other threats.

As frightening as these events can be for grown-ups, they’re even more terrifying for children, and a lot of parents get bombarded with questions, or try to ignore that these threats exist so as not to upset their kids.

In fact, the folks at Sesame Workshop, the collective non-profit behind Sesame Street, has found that the latter may be the truest gauge of how ill-prepared most families are to deal with unexpected emergencies. They cite a recent study that shows 60 percent of families don’t have an emergency plan.

To help remedy this, Sesame Workshop has partnered with PSEG (the Public Service Enterprise Group) to produce two smartphone and tablet apps called ‘Let’s Get Ready‘ and ‘Here For Each Other’.  The first teaches kids what they should now if an emergency strikes, such as the names of their parents and where they live. The second teaches parents how to talk with their kids about disaster situations  and answer questions that could come up in the middle of an emergency.

PSEG’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Ralph LaRossa says partnering with Sesame Workshop is a natural extension of  PSEG values in educating people on how to be prepared in unexpected situations. As he puts it, “Utility folks will keep the lights on, we’ll keep the house warm, but it’s really all about communicating with children and their families and that’s what Sesame Street means for us.”

Sesame Workshop’s Senior Vice-President of Community and Family Engagement, Jeanette Betancourt, says, “When we start these planning moments and learning this critical information early on, it becomes part of children’s resiliency to growing up kinder, smarter and stronger. It really is valuable to start early, not only as a child, but as an entire family”.

You can click on the names of ‘Let’s Get Ready‘  (en Español) and ‘Here For Each Other‘ (en Español) to find them online as part of  the Toolkits section of Sesame Street’s website. You can find the ‘Let’s Get Ready’ app at iTunes  for the iOS version, and at Google Play for the Android version.

Sesame Workshop has also crafted other Toolkits to help families and children cope other issues like Divorce or when someone in a family has been jailed , is diagnosed with a serious illness, or has died. They’ve even prepared a toolkit for the unique issues military families face.

(Sources: Sesame Workshop | NBCNews)

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AbledKids photo shows another screen grab from the Sesame Street Emergency Preparedness Kit called Let's Get Ready , that includes instructions of how to prepare a family emergency kit and checklist. Click here to go to the app's iTunes page.
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UPDATE: Saturday 8 PM ET | +100M Affected By Winter Storm Pax
Winter Storm Quintus Triggers Blizzard Warnings for New England

 

  • Over 800K Homes & Businesses Without Power At Peak
  • Pax Paralyzes Air/Rail/Road Travel | Over 7,100 Flights Canceled
  • Over 20 Inches of Snow And A Foot Of Ice In Some Areas
  • At Least 25 Deaths Blamed On Winter Storm Pax
  • Blizzard Warnings For Winter Storm Quintus

 

As 21 states deal with the impact of Winter Storm Pax, another system right behind is bringing blizzard conditions to eastern states and the Ohio Valley through the weekend.

 

What’s Causing So Much Stormy Weather?  Report from CNN:

UPDATE: Sunday 1 AM GMT | Nearly 6,000 Homes Flooded Since December| 2 More Added To Death Toll Overnight

 

  • Over 500K Homes & Businesses Without Power Friday Night
  • Severe Flood Warnings On Friday Increased From 18 to 28
  • The Wettest January Since First Weather Records in 1776
  • At Least 12 Deaths Being Blamed On The Severe Flooding
  • +1,000 Home Flooded After Thames Burst Its Banks

 

More high winds and torrential rains flooded more homes across the UK this weekend even knocking out power to the Queen’s hydroelectric supply at Windsor Castle.

 

What’s Causing The Stormy Weather In The UK? Report from SkyNews:

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Personal Safety

 

If a snow storm is likely in your area, you should:

  • Stay indoors during the storm.
  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help as soon as possible.
  • Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.
  • Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.

 

These safety tips come from the Ready.gov website. Click here to go to the website for more information.

We’ve prepared more Safety Tips from various sources on dealing with Food and Medicine Safety during a storm as well as what to do if the power goes out as part of our in-depth coverage of Winter Storm Pax.

 

Click here to go to the coverage.

Personal Safety

 

If a flood is likely in your area, you should:

  • Listen to the radio or television for information.
  • Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
  • Be aware of stream, drainage channels, canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain.
  • If you must prepare to evacuate, you should do the following:
  • Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor.
  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  • If you have to leave your home, remember these evacuation tips:
  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly.
  • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers or creeks, particularly during threatening conditions.

 

For more coverage of the UK Flood situation, click here to go the to the MetOffice website for the latest weather alerts in the UK. And for more Safety Tips on keeping your Food and Medicines safe during a weather emergency, go to our in-depth coverage of Winter Storm Pax.

 

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