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Making emergency preparedness part of Back to School plans

Making emergency preparedness part of Back to School plans

Many students and parents are now getting ready for that first day back to school but are they fully prepared?

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is encouraging parents and students to include emergency preparedness in their back-to-school plans.

Here are some tips from the IEMA when planning for back-to-school:

  • Find out where children will be taken in the event of an evacuation during school hours.
  • Ensure your current emergency contact information is on file at your child’s school.
  • Pre-authorize a friend or relative to pick up your children in an emergency and make sure the school knows who that designated person is.
  • Teach children with cell phones about ‘Text First, Talk Later.’ Short, simple text messages, such as “R U OK?” and “I’m OK,” are more likely to get through than a phone call if phone service is disrupted following an emergency. As phone congestion eases, you can follow up with a phone call to relay more information.
  • College students preparing for the fall semester can also find out if their campus offers an email or text messages to alert students of potential dangers like severe weather or other threats.
  • Students should also know the emergency plans for their dorms or apartment building.

For more information on emergency preparedness go to www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

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