Protecting What Matters: The Emergency Plan Every Parent Needs Before School Starts
Do You Have a Back-to-School Family Emergency Plan?
No one likes to think that an emergency could happen to them, but the reality is that disaster can happen anytime, anywhere, including while your child is at school.
Even if you never end up needing your family emergency plan, it's best to be prepared—just in case. Having a detailed plan in place will give you everyday peace of mind, and—in the event of an emergency—could save lives.
List 1-3 trusted emergency contacts who can pick up your child from school if you are unable to do so.
Confirm their availability and willingness to be emergency contacts.
Teach your child how to contact each person by phone.
Familiarize your child with each contact's appearance and vehicle.
Communicate with the School
Keep school up-to-date with who is allowed to pick your child up.
Provide correct contact information and identification for their records.
Inquire about the school's policies for emergency situations and designated pick-up areas.
Alternative Drop-Off Locations
Establish an alternative drop-off location in case emergency contacts cannot be reached promptly.
This location could be a trusted friend or family member's house, or another secure spot.
Familiarize your child with the alternate location's address and phone number to accurately guide authorities there.
Re-Evaluate Each Year
As your child ages, changes schools, or your family moves, it's smart to update your plan annually.
Although we hope your family never experiences an unexpected disaster, if you do, SERVPRO® is available 24/7/365 for emergency service. Learn more here. Your family's safety and preparedness are paramount, and having a well-structured emergency plan is a crucial step in ensuring their protection.