Michael A. Yorio, President SSI Guardian
Going back to school can be fun and exciting, but unplanned emergencies can arise. In order to assure that your young learners are prepared in case of an emergency, it is important to come up with a plan and give them the information they need. Read these three emergency contact tips to give students tools to feel safe and prepared this school year.
Memorize Emergency Contact Info
In the world of owning smartphone devices that remember all your contact information, there is seemingly no need to memorize phone numbers. However, it is very important to make sure that children know the names and phone numbers to use in an emergency situation.
They might not always have access to a contacts list, and may need to use someone else’s phone in an emergency. Having the names and phone numbers of emergency contacts memorized will make it easier to get help quickly. Keep your kids safe by giving them the tools they need to get help when they need it. This will require practice.
Keep Backup Emergency Contact Info
While memorizing emergency contact information was the previous tip, it is quite possible that children may find it difficult to remember emergency contact information during a crisis situation. The panic factor can make the most basic task unattainable. Kids should keep emergency numbers in a written form with them at all times. This back up measure can make all the difference.
Code Words for Emergency Situations
In an emergency situation, you might need to send a family member or friend to pick up your kids. Whether they’re at school, dance lessons, or at a friend’s house, your kids should have a signal to know with certainty that you sent the person to get them. Come up with a code word that the family member or friend will say when they arrive to pick up your kids. Tell them that you will never send a friend or family member to pick them up in an emergency without giving them the code word.