Most school aged children spend a good chunk of the day outside the house, separated from their parents. It’s how our society works, how kids grow up and learn. Most people don’t think twice or worry about the separation unless disaster strikes. Devastating disasters like Hurricane Katrina separated 5,000 kids from their families and it took 7 months to get them all home.
One thing that could help is an emergency contact card that children keep with them. Sure we fill them out during school registration but grabbing files before evacuating wouldn’t be a teacher’s priority. Save the Children is helping families stay connected by making it to easy to create your own emergency cards. Each card includes several emergency contacts including an out of town contact person and the file is emailed for you to print. Go ahead and place a copy of the card in child’s backpack or lunch box to be better prepared in case of a disaster.
Don’t forget to head over to Save the Children and print your own emergency contact forms.