Sarah Thompson

Articles Written By: Sarah Thompson

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Sarah Thompson is the Director of U.S. Preparedness for Save the Children, helping families and communities prepare for emergencies through the Get Ready. Get Safe. initiative. Additionally, Sarah is the lead author of the organization’s Prep Rally curriculum, an emergency preparedness program that helps elementary-aged children and their families learn the basics of preparing for disasters. She holds a master’s degree in health communications from Johns Hopkins University.

This Valentine’s Day, Ask Your Emergency Contacts “Will You Be Mine?”

Will You Be Mine? I remember the day I got the invitation. It wasn’t for a party. It wasn’t to join some kind of club or society. And it wasn’t for an appointment. But it was one of the most important invitations I had ever received. “Sarah, will you be Nick and Luke’s emergency contact?” Being asked to be my nephews’ emergency contact was a true honor, because I knew that by asking, my sister-in-law was really saying, “If my…
Mother and little toddler girl walking together in a park on a lovely day after rain

New Year’s Resolution: Keep Your Family Safe

The New Year gives us a fresh start to take what we’ve learned from the past year and make changes for the better. This year,…

A Holiday Recipe for Readiness

On Thanksgiving we spend hours preparing – basting turkeys, mashing potatoes and tossing salads – all for one delectable meal. But when it comes to safety, we routinely fail to prepare. It seems most of us are more prepared to collapse on the couch in a post-feast stupor than we are to protect our families from danger. When I was 10 years old, my family’s Thanksgiving turkey had had enough of our illusions of invincibility. The little buzzard went up…

Take a Stand for Safety

All parents hope to provide their children with the tools and knowledge they need to succeed in life. Meanwhile, our children are listening, watching and absorbing everything you do – the good, the bad and the ugly! That’s why it’s so critical that parents model and encourage positive behaviors from the very start, especially in regards to safety. Safety preparedness is one of the most overlooked topics when it comes to early education. Talking about safety can be scary for…

Three Tips to Help Families Prepare for the Worst

What makes your child feel safe? Maybe it’s cuddling with a blanket or a favorite stuffed animal, wearing superhero pajamas, or being held in your arms. Sometimes it’s a beloved pet – a best friend who will stick with him through thick and thin, and protect him from danger. That’s why Save the Children’s new Get Ready Get Safe ambassador is Lassie, the adorable American icon known for saving the day and helping her family thwart disaster!  On September 18,…
Little girl places stuffed animal in backpack

The Other Backpack Your Child Needs

Growing up, I loved back-to-school time. I loved getting new pencils, clothes, a lunch box and the coolest trapper keeper binder I could find. I…

Keeping Kids Safe in the Summer Heat

Oh, sweet summertime – pools, vacations, barbecues and stifling heat. Okay, one of those things isn’t so sweet. The summer is a great time for family fun, but the heat can wrinkle your plans, especially for kids. Children are particularly vulnerable to high temperatures and extended exposure to extreme heat can cause dehydration, fainting, sunburns and other serious medical conditions. In recent years, extreme heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events. Save the Children has created some…

Creating an Emergency Plan for 0- to 5-Year-Olds

A lot can happen in five years. Think about how your life has changed since five years ago. Were you married? Did you have children? Were you expecting? Did you still believe that when your bundle of joy arrived you’d be able to shower regularly and wear nice clothes (Ha!)? Those are some major life changes. Also consider how the world around us has changed in just a few short years. Five years ago, there was no such thing as…

Why Comfort Items Matter During Emergencies

“We forgot Bob! We HAVE to go back!” screamed my 5-year-old self from the rear seat of our family minivan. As far as I was concerned, life could not possibly go on without him. Let me clarify that Bob was not a person, nor a pet, nor a good excuse to backtrack two hours on a two-day road trip to visit my grandparents. Bob was my teddy bear with well-loved fur and unraveling yarn stitches from the time I fixed…
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