Are you ready?
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Did you know that Katrina led to 5,000 reported missing children and it took seven months to connect the last child with her parents? SEVEN MONTHS. I’m about to have a panic attack just thinking about that!
Save the Children simply wants parents and their children to be prepared should disaster strike again. That’s where you come in.
Get Ready. Get Safe just launched yesterday with this amazing video.
This is actually a terrifying video, but you need to watch it and consider what plans you have in action to re-connect with your children if you are separated during an emergency.
I had a nightmare about a similar situation. Back when I was still working full time and my kids went to a sitter, I had a dream that a massive tornado ripped through our area. Of course, in the dream, I was trying to run and couldn’t move, but most importantly, I could not connect with my children. I knew where they were, but I had no idea of knowing if they were safe and I could not get to them. That was scary enough. But imagine if they, like in this video, actually were taken someplace else and I was unable to find them? My oldest two know their names and our names and address, but the youngest only knows her name. She doesn’t even know her last name. I’m getting anxious just thinking about the possibility of her getting separated from the group. Makes me want to tattoo my name and phone number on her butt or something, but that would be weird as an adult, huh?
The most important take away is to make sure you have created an emergency contact card. It’s so important to keeping children safe during a disaster and be able to connect kids with their families.
A disaster can happen any where at any time. It’s best to be prepared. According to the information provided here in this Stay Connected – Social Good Moms (1) info brochure from Save the Children, our children are still at risk for many issues following a disaster.
A new report from Save the Children’s U.S. Programs revealed that 38 states and the District of Columbia have not enacted basic safeguards to protect kids in school or child care during disasters, like requiring licensed child care centers to have a plan to reunite children with their families and requiring schools to have a clear evacuation plan in place.
If the government isn’t doing anything yet, you can still take action in your own family. Don’t wait! #GetReady!!
Guess what I am going to do right now? You betcha. I’m going to make those emergency contact cards!
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