School bells are ringing across the nation! Parents and guardians, it’s time to get familiar with the emergency plan at your child’s school and daycare.
Much like individuals and families, schools and daycare providers should all have site-specific emergency plans. If you’re a parent or guardian, it’s vital that you make sure your child’s school or daycare has a plan to ensure his or her safety during an emergency. The Ready Campaign recommends you:
• Ask how they will communicate with families during a crisis;
• Ask if they store adequate food, water, and other basic supplies; and
• Find out if they can “shelter-in-place” and where they plan to go if they must get away.
The Guardian Survival Gear Childrens Survival Kit
Disasters can occur while your child is away from you, but protecting from afar is as easy as ABC. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) outline a quick and easy way to keep your child safe at school or daycare:
• Ask how you will reunite with your child in an emergency or evacuation;
• Bring extra medication, special foods, or supplies that your child might need; and
• Complete a backpack contact information card.
• Preparedness Challenges for Children in Emergencies
• Helping Children Cope With a Disaster
• Assemble Disaster Supplies
If your child has a disability or an access or functional need, be sure to meet with a school disability specialist to discuss plans for how the school will provide for his or her safety. For more information about school emergency plans, visit https://www.ready.gov/school-emergency-plans.
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Parents, guardians, and teachers can also use the Children and Youth Preparedness Social Media Toolkit to share safety messages on their social media networks.