How to Keep Kids Safe During An Emergency

Emergency Preparedness Week (May 1-7) is the perfect time to make sure your child knows what to do during a disaster or an emergency.

Here are some tips for you and your family:

• Make sure your child knows the emergency exits from your home.

• Create a designated family meeting place in case of emergency.

• Assemble an emergency kit, and make sure your children know where it is.

• Give your children the names of out-of-town contacts and practice getting in touch with them.

• Teach your children how and when to call 911.

• Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector, smoke detector and fire extinguisher.

• Everyone in your home should know where to find the fire extinguisher.

• Familiarize yourself with your child’s school or daycare emergency policies. How will they reach you should a situation arise? What authorization is needed to release your child to someone other than yourself?

• Make sure the school/daycare has updated contact information for you, other parents and caregivers, and for the designated pick-up persons.

By planning ahead, you and your family will be better able to cope if an emergency happens. You can create your own emergency plan online and get more practical tips at