By Amy Grissom, Regional Emergency Management Specialist, Region VI
It’s the end of summer and students are heading back to school. Kids are gearing up for the unknown and parents are busy shopping for last minute supplies, arranging transportation, and filling in child care gaps. Within each family’s carefully orchestrated return to school, time is short and to do lists are long.
No one likes to think about an emergency happening when kids are in school or child care. But did you know that Save the Children estimates that 68 million beloved children are separated from their parents any given workday? The tornado that struck two Moore, Okla., schools reminds us that emergencies can happen anytime.
Would everyone have the same plan to communicate or find each other in an emergency? Does your family?
Each new school year is a great time to flex your family’s preparedness muscles. Below are some easy ways to be prepared when your kids are in school or child care:
Going back to school is a great time to be prepared for anything – including an unexpected emergency. Here’s to a great new school year for kids and parents!