Prepare your child for a storm

Prepare your child for a storm

How prepared is your child, or children, in the event of a storm and what to do after in case of an emergency?

Emergencies can happen any time and less than half of American families have a communication plan, especially for their children. It is important to communicate with your child(ren) during these times so that you can send and receive information and find out if everyone is alright.

Have a plan:

Go over with your child how to dial 911, or other emergency services, and what to say when they speak with someone. Explain to them that 911 is for when a life threatening emergency is happening. They should know their home address or addresses of places they frequent, like school or a friend or relatives house. Make a list of other numbers that your child(ren) may also need to know... utility service providers, medical providers, veterinarian (for those who have pets), insurance company, etc...

Practice texting each other separately or in a group text. TEXT IS BEST! A text message may get through when a call cannot. Generally a text message uses less bandwidth than a phone call. Also, if a text doesn't immediately go through it may save and send automatically when available. If you have to use the phone remind them to make it short and to the point so that the lines don't get too congested.

If the power is down or they do not have access to a phone, discuss a meeting place that everyone in your family knows how to get to easily. This could be a friend or neighbors house, a local school, or local deli/store. You can also look into having a pre paid cell phone in your house for emergencies. 

Know the plan, rehearse the plan, rehearse it again, and update it as needed so that you can stay in contact and get help to someone ASAP if needed.


For more information about this in better detail, check out Child & youth preparedness tool kit and the sources listed below. Be well and stay safe.




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