Tips for Children & Parents

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  • Teach your children their phone number, address and how and when to call 9-1-1
  • Teach them where they two family meeting places are: one outside the house and one outside the neighborhood.
  • Teach your children to STOP where they are, DROP to the ground, COVER their face, and ROLL over and over to smother the flames if their clothes catch fire.
  • In children’s Go-bags, include medical consent forms, a family photo for reunification purposes and a favorite toy, deck of cards or book.
  • Giving school age children something to be in charge of helps them feel more in control when things are not going as usual.
  • Remember to make a Go-bag for your pet! (See Tips for Pet Owners.) Tips for Parents Include your children in preparing for an emergency so that they know what to do and how to get help following a disaster.
  • Provide your children with emergency contact numbers and teach them how to call 9-1-1.
  • Warn your children never to touch wires that are hanging on poles or lying on the ground.
  • Tell your children to leave the building if they smell gas.
  • Practice skills by including your children in emergency drills and evacuation/reunification planning.
  • Make arrangements in advance to have your children picked up from school or daycare by a family member, trusted neighbor or friend if you are unable to do so.
  • Regularly update your child’s school with current information regarding emergency contacts and persons authorized to pick up your child from school.
  • Learn the emergency plans and policies at your child’s school or daycare facility.

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