I'm a FloodSafe Kid
Children can play a very important role in helping families, schools and friends be aware of, prepared for and respond better to floods.
One of the ways children can do this is by being a FloodSafe Kid.
Paddy Platypus is a huge fan of FloodSafe Kids and knows that he can rely on them to help the NSW SES make sure all kids are safe during floods.
I'm A FloodSafe Kid
Being a FloodSafe kid means pledging to look out for yourself, your family and your friends before, during and after floods. This includes:
- Helping my family, friends and neighbours plan for flooding
- 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 a flood
- Never playing in floodwater
- Helping my friends become FloodSafe Kids too
What do I need to know to become a FloodSafe Kid?
Being a FloodSafe Kid means knowing what to do before, during and after floods. Here are some FloodSafe Fact Sheets and the NSW SES 8 FloodSafe Tips postcard to get you on your way with some simple things you can do before, during and after floods:FloodSafe 8 Tips PostcardFlash Flood
FloodSafe Kids get their kit together
Being a FloodSafe 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 flooding. 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.
Never playing in floodwater
During and after floods we often see images on the news and in newspapers of children playing in floodwater. This is very dangerous and some children have lost their lives by playing in floodwater.
Floodwater can be deeper and flow faster than it looks on the surface. It can also cover drains and eroded 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 FloodSafe kid would NEVER play in floodwater and would also look out for their friends to make sure they were safe as well.
Being a FloodSafe Kid means you are looking out for your friends as well and helping them become FloodSafe Kids with you. The most important thing here is making sure your friends are safe during floods by telling them the dangers of playing in floodwater.
Rewards for being a FloodSafe Kid
Being a FloodSafe Kid is having responsibility to make sure you, your family, your class mates and your friends always look after each other when it is flooding. It is also about helping to plan for these events and helping to recover after them.
This is a big responsibility.
To thank you for being a FloodSafe Kid, the NSW SES has wrist bands and certificates for kids who are FloodSafe. These are available from the SES at community events or by contacting the NSW SES State Headquarters
To find out how to become a StormSafe Kid, visit the NSW SES StormSafe Childrens web page.