Parents doing the prep step dance with their young daughter

Simple Steps to Teach Your Preschooler Safety Skills

“Disaster” and “emergency” are two scary words for parents. The thought of our children experiencing either situation is enough to make us want to ignore the subject entirely. But since children are among the most vulnerable when disaster strikes, it’s imperative that families take a few important steps to ensure they are prepared.

Safety is a top priority at Primrose – we’ve integrated emergency preparedness lessons into our curriculum and have a Safe School Plan in place at each of our schools. Helping young children understand emergencies and prepare for them is extremely important. That’s why we’ve teamed up with national partner Save the Children®, the national leader in child-focused emergency preparedness and response, again this year to promote its Get Ready. Get Safe. initiative.

We’ve compiled a series of short blog posts with parenting tips and everything you need to complete the three simple Prep Steps that will help your family get better prepared for emergencies:

And, we’ll provide fun games and activities for kids along the way to make it easier for you to talk to your child about the topic of safety. We encourage you to kick off the week by doing the Prep Step dance together as a family!

Below is a step-by-step breakdown that might be helpful as you learn:

Prep Step dance Guide

Ready to become Prep Step prepared? Get started with Step #1: Know Your Emergency Contacts.

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About the Author

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.