Are you prepared? It’s a timely question for school communities and families. Across the country spring brings warm weather and more outdoor opportunities. With the gorgeous weather and added outdoor time we all enjoy, our communities and schools face increased weather and violence related incidents, as well as an annual uptick in physical injuries.
Safe and Sound Schools is proud to join FEMA as a National Strategy Affirmer, supporting nationwide youth preparedness and education.
This Saturday, April 30, we celebrate America’s PrepareAthon with countless other national organizations working to keep America’s communities prepared for safety! We invite you to celebrate with us. There are many ways you can work together as a family and within your community to increase preparedness and awareness to keep yourselves and those you love safe.
It’s easier than you think! Here are just a few ideas to get you started and share with family, friends, at school, and work:
- 1. Access Alerts and Warnings–Take a moment to explore emergency notification systems in your community and school. Register yourself and your family members to receive critical emergency information.
2. Conduct an Exercise–This could be as simple as an in-home fire drill and family meet-up or helping plan one in your child’s school community. Consider reaching out to neighbors to share plans and information to boost your safety capability during an emergency.
3. Update Emergency Supplies–First aid kits, Go Bags, and food storage are great ways to keep critical items at hand when you need them. Take stock and organize together.
4. Make a Family Plan–Gather important information and decide on meeting places & communication channels. Put your plan on paper together with Family Plan Emergency Cards.
5. Take a Class–Sign up for a CPR or First Aid class in your community. If you are already certified, consider a refresher or advanced course.
For more fun and easy ways to stay safe, visit https://community.fema.gov/take-action/activities and join us in preparing for safety with America’s PrepareAthon!
-Michele Gay, Safe and Sound Schools