Anytime, anywhere, anyplace : teaching children what to do when everything goes wrong

Emily Louis, California State University, Monterey Bay

Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department


Emergencies happen everyday and many children do not have the skills necessary to help themselves in an emergency situation. Many children do not know how to dial 9-1-1 or what to say when they call. Three professionals, one firefighter, one paramedic and one principal, were interviewed on the importance of emergency preparedness for children. The results of those interviews showed that children are not being taught emergency preparedness in schools. Two classrooms, one kindergarten and one fifth grade, at a local elementary school received a thirty-minute lesson on how to handle themselves in an emergency. The kindergarten class learned how and when to call 9-1-1 and the fifth grade class learned how to perform hands-only CPR. There are a lot of options for schools to offer this type of education. Fire, Paramedics, and Police all come to schools for free to teach lessons on emergencies.