Mom helps her young child complete a printable safety activity

Prep Step #1: Know Your Emergency Contacts

We’ve teamed up with our national partner, Save The Children®, on its Get Ready. Get Safe. initiative to help families become more prepared for emergencies. We invite you to complete the three Prep Steps with your children – step #1 is below!

For most parents, the reality is that children are separated from them at school or child care for at least several hours a day during the work week. Should a emergency occur during that time, it’s crucial that your child is able to identify himself and provide basic information that will help him be reunited with you more quickly if a disaster strikes.

Take a moment to fill out this In Case of Emergency Card (also known as an ICE card) with your child. It has key information,including medical information and contact information such as address, phone number and the names of parents or guardians. This card also includes a place for an out of town emergency contact –  in case a disaster affects your whole area or region. In these cases, it will be more likely to get through to this contact.

After you fill out the card with your child, print it and help him complete this safety maze below (click maze image to download and print). You can use the maze activity to start a conversation about the importance of the ICE card and what he should do with it in the event of an emergency. Take the opportunity to practice the information on the card – while he won’t be able to memorize it all right away, practice makes perfect!

You’re one step closer to becoming Prep Step prepared! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post on Prep Step #2 – we’ll be covering the basics of creating a family emergency plan.

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About the Author
Sarah Thompson

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.