Back-to-School Emergency Preparedness Tips


Here are 10 emergency preparedness actions parents should consider at the beginning of the school year:

parents talking to kidsd.jpg1. Update Contact Information: Ensure that the school has accurate contact information for both parents and/or guardians. Include phone numbers, email addresses, and emergency contacts.

2. Review School Emergency Procedures: Familiarize yourself with the school's emergency protocols, including lockdown, evacuation, and reunification procedures.

3. Provide Medical Information: Let the school​ know about any medical conditions, allergies, or medications your child has. Ensure that the school nurse and relevant staff have these details.

4. Emergency Contacts: Provide a list of trusted people who are authorized to pick up your child in case you're unavailable during an emergency.

5. Discuss Safety with Your Child: Talk to your child about what to do in different emergency situations, like fires or lockdowns. Ensure they know who to contact and where to go.

6. Create a Communication Plan: Establish a clear communication plan with your child for emergencies. Teach them how to use a phone and decide on a meeting point if they need to leave the school grounds.

7. Update Medical Supplies: If your child requires medicine or medical supplies, ensure that the school has a sufficient and up-to-date stock.

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8. Emergency Kit: Provide your child with a small emergency kit containing snacks, water, a flashlight, and any comfort items. This can be stored in their backpack.

9. Stay Informed: Stay informed about the school's safety drills and activities. Attend parent-teacher meetings where emergency procedures may be discussed.

10. Review Transportation Plans: If your child uses school transportation, review the safety measures in place for bus or carpool travel.


​These references provide information on preparing for emergencies during the school year, with a focus on the safety and well-being of children.

1. American Academy of Pediatrics. (2021). Back-to-School Tips: COVID-19 Safety and Preparedness.

2. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). (n.d.). Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs.

National PTA. (n.d.). Back-to-School Safety Checklist.









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Lora D Lipscomb, Public Information Officer