Monday, January 11, 2010

School Children & Preparedness

During an emergency it is vital that you know where your child is , who is caring for him , and where he may be relocated to. Here are some things to think about :

Do you know where your Children are ?
  • Do you have a copy of your Child's Schedule ?
  • Do you know the layout of the building ?
  • Do you know what the schools emergency plans are ?
  • Do you know where Shelters & Evacuation routes are ?
Do you know who your children are with ?

  • Do you know what instructor you child is with throughout the day ?
  • Do you know each instructor looks like ?
  • Do you have the instructors personal contact information ?

Do you know your Schools Evacuation , Sheltering & Emergency Scenario Plans ?
  • Where are your children to Shelter during an Tornado ?
  • Where would your children be evacuated to if there were a flood or fire ?
Do your older children have a meeting spot or safety code word ?
  • Do your children know who to call in an emergency if they can not get hold of you ?
  • Do you have a rendezvous point set with your children in case of evacuation ?
  • Do you and your child have a safety word to let you know if something is scary but they cant say anything ? (example , worplehead was my younger sisters safe word , a nonsensical word , but one time she called from a friends house and told me that she thought that I needed to check on our cat worplehead , I knew something was wrong and picked her up from her friends house immediately )
Your schools administration should never hesitate to give you this information and should also be willing to give you a tour and help you meet your child instructors. These people are to be the protectors of your children when you are not around , I think it best that you get to know them a bit , especially if you may need to one day seek them out to help you find your child.

Each instructor SHOULD have a firm grasp on how they are to act during an emergency and should be able to tell you in detail . Feel free to contact your child's school with any questions you may have , that is what they are there for.

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