As summer is quickly winding down, parents, teachers and students are making checklists and rounding up all of their necessary items for going back-to-school. But back-to-school preparation should involve more than just new clothes, textbooks and classroom supplies. Now is also the perfect time to update Ready kits, discuss emergency preparedness with children and add school emergency information to family communications plans.
Here are our top three tips to get you ready for the new school year:
- When shopping for school supplies, pick up items for your Ready kit as well. Use the supply checklist on the Ready Georgia mobile app to keep track of which items you need to stock.
- Mark your calendar for a family evacuation drill. It’s easy to put off this important emergency preparedness step indefinitely, but setting a reminder on your phone or putting it on the family calendar will help make sure you get it done.
- Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes, so it’s important to make a plan to reconnect. 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 you can use for this purpose.
In addition to these tips, the Ready Georgia’s free online toolkit includes many kid-friendly resources that make it easy to prepare. Lesson plans about possible disasters, a recommended reading list and emergency preparedness videos are available for use in school classrooms, at home, or by any organization or agency that works with elementary school-aged children. The Ready Georgia website and mobile app also offer customizable emergency supply checklists and family communication plan templates. For more information, visit www.ready.ga.gov.