Back to School Safety Preparedness
Each new school year brings its own set of changes and challenges for parents, guardians, and children. As a parent or guardian, you may be trying to figure out of modes of transportation and schedules for your young one. Your child, on the other hand, maybe worrying about who they’ll sit with at lunch or if they’ll have classes with any of their friends.
These are all common and worthy worries, however, there is one important precaution that is often overlooked: an emergency preparedness plan. Below are a few tips to help you plan in case of an emergency
- Teach your child what to do in case of a fire: get low to avoid smoke inhalation or feeling doorknobs for heat before opening them. Have a fire escape plan in place.
- Have a designated meeting place outside of your home
- Designate a person (preferably not local who may be affected by the same disaster) that everyone can call if you are separated.
- Practice drills!
- Put together a first aid kit with enough food and supplies to last you a few days. Here is a link for what should be in the kit
- In the event of an active shooter, teach your child to “run, hide, fight.” Click here more information about what to do in the event of an active shooter.
- Teach children how to call 911
- If you’re unable to pick up your child from school, establish a pre-discussed “password” for the person that will be picking them up.
- Always familiarize yourself with the school’s emergency and lockdown plans and procedures.
- If your child requires any medication, have extra doses stored in the nurses’ office in case they may have to spend the night at the school.
Disasters can happen at any moment. Preparedness is the key to ensuring you and your family make it out safely. While SERVPRO of Fort Smith is “ready for any sized disaster” we want to make sure you are too.
For additional information, check out the resources below:
FEMA - Preparing Children for Disasters