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8 Tips for a Family Safety Plan

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. Find out how the school communicates information to parents about emergencies or threats.
  3. Discuss emergency situations with your kids and how best to keep themselves safe.
  4. Establish a location where your family will meet in case communication is not available.
  5. 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.
  6. Encourage your kids to talk to you about anything that makes them feel uncomfortable, scared, or threatened.
  7. Make sure your kids understand their safety plans both at school and at home.
  8. 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.