Unfortunately, danger and violent acts are a reality in our society. However, our families don’t have to live in fear. Preparation and prevention are important to give youth the tips/skills to cope and know when to go to adults for help. Here are tips to educate yourselves and start building a safety plan for your family:
- Ask your child’s teacher about the plans the school has in place for emergencies such as fires, severe weather, bomb threats, and armed intruders.
- Find out how the school communicates information to parents about emergencies or threats.
- Discuss emergency situations with your kids and how best to keep themselves safe.
- Establish a location where your family will meet in case communication is not available.
- Complete an emergency contact card and place it in your child’s backpack. Make sure to include any allergies, medication information or other notes on specific needs.
- Encourage your kids to talk to you about anything that makes them feel uncomfortable, scared, or threatened.
- Make sure your kids understand their safety plans both at school and at home.
- Practice often and update as needed.
Having a safety plan and learning it as a family can bring the family together, instill confidence, teach children to be aware and help keep them safe. For tips on safety planning or to request a speaker to give a presentation on this subject, email us or call 620-343-8799.