Back to School Preparedness
With children across Maricopa County heading back to school, now is a good time to teach them about preparedness.
1) Teach Your Child the Facts
Does your child know what the different types of weather are and which ones can affect them? In case of an emergency and your child is not able to get home, where is another place he or she can go to and be safe while waiting for you?
Ready.gov has a fun new interactive site that answers these questions and teaches kids about preparedness. Features include games, forms that are fun and informative and they can even graduate from Readiness U!
2) Make a Plan and Know Your School’s Emergency Plans
Create and practice your emergency plans with your family and friends. Make sure your child knows the name, address & phone numbers of parents or guardians as well as details of your family’s emergency plan. Keep a list of the student's allergies and medical conditions. Remember to list any medications being taken and current immunizations, vaccinations, and boosters. Include a copy of that information in the child's kit
For parents & guardians, know the emergency plans of your child's school. In an emergency, how will parents/guardians be notified? Would the students be moved? If so, where and how will they be moved?
3) Build a Kit
- Make sure your child knows the name, address & phone numbers of parents or guardians as well as details of your family’s emergency plan.
- Keep a list of the student's allergies, medical conditions and immunizations.
- Water bottle
- Snacks such as a granola or breakfast type bar and other non-perishable items.
- Glow stick or small flashlight
For more information on preparedness for kids and information on how to attend Readiness U, click here.
For more information about Emergency Management in Maricopa County, visit our website.