Living in South Florida, we are smack in the middle of hurricane zones. Every year we wait on the edge of our seats praying that the season will be a slow one and no major storms will wipe our cities clean.
With this frequent threat of storms on our area, we take for granted the many Hurricane Preparation Tips that feel as if they are second nature for us. We all know to stock up on water and supplies and even have generators in our garages waiting to get used.
But do we know where our kids are in all of the commotion? I’m not talking where in the house they are…I’m talking if a disaster strikes and they are at the one place they spend the majority of their time…SCHOOL. I know I just assume that my kids are being taken care of as if they are with me because I trust their teachers and the school staff. How much do I really know?
I recently sat with the Save the Children organization and was stunned by how little I really know about how to protect my kids in time of danger. As a former teacher, I know that I would have made sure that the parents of my students would be well informed, but is it common sense?
This video really struck a cord with me and made me think about how to ensure that not only my kids are safe and accounted for, but so are the hundreds of others in their school and county. Check it out:
Sorry to make you cry, but it’s important. Where are your children? What are the steps to follow when trying to locate them? Does your child care or school have preparations in place?
You’d be amazed at how many states do not have a plan of action when it comes to our youngest citizens. Luckily, here in South Florida when a hurricane is looming, schools are cancelled and my kids are home with me. But what happens if we were to have a disaster without warning like tornadoes, earthquakes, or God forbid man made attacks?
Save the Children’s recent poll shows that 49% of U.S. parents don’t feel the very prepared to protect their children from disaster. 51% don’t think their child’s school or child care center is very prepared either. A whopping 74% of parents don’t think the federal government is prepared to protect their kids should disaster strike! See how your state does in protecting children from disaster while they’re in school or child care. I was saddened to see that Florida does not do such a great job.
What can you do?
Be an advocate for children in your area! Sign the pledge to protect children from disaster and encourage others to do the same. Save the Children will share it with your state government if it doesn’t already meet the disaster report card preparedness standards for schools and child care.