September may be almost over but did you know that September is National Preparedness Month. It is a time to remind ourselves to be ready for all situations, Children are the most vulnerable in emergency situations. While kids are resilient, they still need certain things during these emergency situations. That’s why Save the Children encourages everyone to act to better protect kids BEFORE disaster strikes.
Create an ICE (In Case of Emergency) Contact card for each of your children. Every day, 69 million U.S. children are separated from their families while they are at school or day care. For example, After Hurricane Katrine, there were more than 5,000 reports of missing children. The last child to be reunited with their family took 7 months. Can you imagine being away from your child, and not knowing if they were ok, for 7 month?
The first thing you should do in order to start preparing for an emergency is to create you ICE card. It is free and easy to make a card. You fill out one form for the whole family. Print the cards. You’ll get 2 copies for each child. Put one copy in a luggage tag inside your child’s bag. keep the other in your wallet. This card should have at least 3 emergency contact on it, including one from out-of-town. This is in case the local communications are down where you live.
Do the Prep Step! Make emergency prep fun for the whole family. Save the Children also created a fun song and dance called “The Prep Step” to help kids learn the 3 important prep steps every family should take. Check it out by visiting Save The Children’s Prep Step
Prep Step #3 = Make an emergency plan and practice as a family. Get tips and checklists. There is a supplies checklist too.
What are you doing to prep your kids for an emergency?