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Communicate!

Ready Kids & The Department of Homeland Security present:

Communicate!

C - Create a family communications plan so you can get in touch with family members. Give copies of contact information and meeting locations to everyone in your family.

O - Options are available: telephones, cell phones, and e-mail are all great ways to get in touch with family members.

M - Make sure you know the emergency plan at your child's school.

M - Make a decision about where you will meet in case you can't get home during an emergency.

U - Understand that it may take time to get through to everyone. Try to be patient.

N - Needs of your pets should be kept in mind. Keep a pet carrier for easy transport.

I - Inform yourself. Watch news broadcasts, read online news updates, or listen to a battery-operated radio for official guidance during and emergency, but also prepare in advance.

C - Copies of your emergency plan should be in your emergency supply kit in case you need to leave in a hurry.

A - Ask kids to discuss their concerns and feelings. Do they understand the family plan?

T - Take the kids to visit the 'meeting sports' so that they are familiar and feel comfortable finding them on their own if necessary.

E - Emergencies take many forms. Categorize different types of emergencies and discuss the level of concern related to each and how that is reflected in your family plan.

Last updated: 09/27/2011 - 07:27 PM