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Posted on: September 18, 2019

[ARCHIVED] National Preparedness Month - Youth Preparedness

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Phone Skills KidsPreparing for emergencies shouldn't fall on your shoulders alone. Young children and teens alike need to be part of the process — for their own safety and sense of empowerment.

  • Work together to build an emergency kit.
    • Include some of your child's stuffed animals, board games and books. 
  • Sit down as a family to talk about your communications plan.
    • Teach children phone skills so they know how to text you and dial 9-1-1. Make sure they know who they should contact in the event of an emergency.
  • Role-play what you would do during a disaster.
    • Practice making calls/texting and showing kids what to do if they are away from home or school during an emergency. 
  • Hold fire drills in your house.
    • Practice home escape drills with the entire family at least twice a year. 

In addition, ask your child's teacher about the plans the school has in place for emergencies. Find out where you would pick your child up in the event of a disaster and/or evacuation. Disasters don't plan ahead, but you can. 


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