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Being Prepared for the New School Year

Although we’ve only been working at FEMA for a few months now, we have learned how important it is to be prepared, no matter where you are.  And with the new school year underway, we’ve been learning some important things to help keep kids and parents safer.  Things like:

 Washington, D.C., Sep. 20, 2012 -- Photo of Flat Stanley with his emergency contact card.

Complete an emergency contact card for each child in your family. Put the cards in their backpacks or book bags.

 Washington, D.C., Sep. 20, 2012 -- Flat Stella Practicing the Evacuation Plan for FEMA HQ.

Find out how often they have students practice what to do in the event of severe weather or a fire.

 Washington, D.C., Sep. 20, 2012 -- Flat Stanley learns when it is appropriate to dial 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.

Teach your children how and when to call 9-1-1 or your local emergency medical services number for help. 

 Washington, D.C., Sep. 20, 2012 -- Flat Stella learns about the importance of having a safety plan in place no matter where you are.

Ask your child's school for a copy of their emergency plan for you to keep at home or work.

And finally, parents should be sure to check with their children’s day care or school about what emergency plans they have. That way both parents and kids know what to expect during and after an emergency.

We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe school year!  In case you missed any of our other adventures, check out our blog posts!

Last Updated: 
09/20/2012 - 12:03

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