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 www.GetPrepared.ca.