Include your children in family discussions and planning for emergency safety.

Prepare an emergency card with information for each child, including his/her full name, address, phone number, parent’s work phone number and an out-of-state contact.

Know the policies of the school or daycare centers your children attend. Make plans to have someone else pick them up if you are unable to get to them.

Regularly update your child’s school or daycare center with current emergency contact information and persons authorized to pick up your child from school.

Include a family picture and a favorite toy, game or book for each child in his/her go-bag.

Include your child’s emergency card and information on reunification locations and out-of-area contact in his/her go-bag.

Keep a recent photo of your children in your go-bag.

Provide comfort food and treats for each child in your family’s shelter-in-place kit.

Teach your children their basic personal information so they can identify themselves and get help if they become separated from a parent or guardian.

Make sure each child knows the family’s alternate meeting sites if you are separated in a disaster and cannot return to your home.

Make sure each child knows how to reach your family’s out-of-state contact person.

Teach children to dial their home telephone number and Emergency 9-1-1.

Teach children what gas smells like and advise them to tell an adult if they smell gas after an emergency.

Warn children never to touch wires on poles or lying on the ground.

Role-play with children to help them remain calm in emergencies and to practice basic emergency responses such as evacuation routes, Drop, Cover & Hold and Stop, Drop & Roll drills.

Role-play with children as to what they should do if a parent is sick or injured.

Role-play with children as to what to say when calling Emergency 9-1-1.

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