Are You “Ready” for the School Year?

classroomClothing, notebooks, folders and pencils. Those are just a few items that parents and students will be picking up at stores over the next couple of weeks as kids from around the state head back into the classroom. But it’s not just clothing and school supplies that parents, teachers and students should be thinking about this time of year. Now is also the perfect time to update your Ready kit, discuss emergency preparedness and update school emergency information on your family communications plan.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by everything you need to accomplish before the first school bell rings, you shouldn’t. It’s easier than ever to make sure you’re prepared. Below are some helpful tips that you might consider as the summer days dwindle away.

  • Download the Ready Georgia mobile app. A handy supply checklist will help you keep tabs on which items you need to purchase for your Ready kit while you’re at the store.
  • Set aside time for a family meeting. Your family may not always be together when a disaster occurs. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting spot that’s familiar and easy to find. Also address the needs of pets, older loved ones and family members with special needs.
  • Fill out an emergency contact card and put it in your child’s backpack. The family communications plan template on the Ready Georgia website includes wallet cards.
  • Communicate with your child’s teacher. Know how you will be notified in case of an emergency. Also, be sure to update your emergency contact information with your child’s school.

If you’re interested in additional tips, check out Ready Georgia’s free online toolkit that includes numerous resources, including fun games and activities for kids that make it easy for everyone to be “Ready”! Here’s to a happy and safe school year!