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Infants & small children

For parents, the physical and emotional safety of children is especially important during any emergency situation. 

Make sure you know if your child: 

  • Carries the names and numbers (home, work, pager, cell phone, e-mail) of family and an out of town contact. 
  • Knows emergency procedure, including how to call 911. 
  • Knows where to meet in case of an emergency. 
  • Knows how to recognize danger signals, such as fire alarms.

Visit with your child's school and talk with school officials.

  • Know your child's school emergency procedures. 
  • Make sure the school has emergency numbers (home, work, pager, cell and e-mail). 
  • Keep information current on how to reach the parent or other caregiver for pick up. 
  • Know the type of authorization your child's school requires  to release your child to someone other than a parent.

Also, take these precautions:

  • Make sure your baby-sitter knows emergency procedures, including contact name and numbers and how to summons emergency assistance if needed. 
  • Limit your child's TV viewing of news and raw footage of emergencies or disasters.