As temperatures rise this summer, there are many “cool,” family-friendly activities parents can do with their children, like visit the local ice cream shop, watch a movie, like “Ice Age: Collision Course”, featuring a Save the Children PSA, in an air-conditioned theater, or fill out an ICE card.
What’s an ICE card?
ICE stands for “In Case of Emergency.” Creating an ICE card could be the single most important thing parents and children do in preparation for emergencies, as it contains important identification information and contact details for friends and family members in case families are separated when disaster strikes.
With 35 percent of American households reporting they are not familiar with their school’s evacuation and emergency plans, and 41 percent admitting they do not know where their children would be taken to if their school had to evacuate, it’s imperative that more families become ICE ready! The good news is that taking simple action—like making an ICE card for your child and putting it in his backpack—can help ensure you reunite more quickly in the event of a disaster. You can make an ICE card for your child using this template provided by Save the Children.
Here are additional easy (but critical!) safety steps that parents can take right now to help prepare their children for emergencies:
- Keep Information Updated: Update your emergency contacts, making sure you have at least three contacts, including one out-of-town contact.
- Stay Informed: Sign up for emergency text and weather alerts.
- Master the Basics: Play fun phone games to help your child memorize telephone numbers and practice sharing important emergency preparedness messages by using these from Save the Children or “Ice Age”-themed activity sheets from Scholastic related to our new PSA in the new Ice Age movie released this month.
- Spread the Word: Share your emergency contact information with all child care providers, schools, neighbors and babysitters.
- Practice the Plan: Learn the evacuation and reunification plans for your child’s school or child care provider. Use this helpful checklist when talking with your child’s school.
Want to have some fun while you’re getting started? Watching this PSA with your child can be a great way to kick off the conversation.