Importance of raising awareness of importance of disaster preparedness from an early age


The suggestion brought up most often, and where the strongest group dynamic could be observed, was starting to teach emergency procedures to children from a young age, in combination with embedding altruistic behaviour in children's education: “We should raise children to help others”. At the same time, participants distinguished between teaching children merely how to call for help, and training them in actual behaviour in disaster situations: “They have no education. The school tells them to call the police or emergency. I agree with that, but if they are in an emergency situation what will they do? These days you leave a 12-year-old boy home alone”.

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