September is Emergency Preparedness Month and while we spend lots of times preaching to adults the importance of being prepared and having a kit and having a plan, we can’t forget about preparing our children. Children who are prepared are more confident during emergencies and disasters.
Take the time this month to teach your children what to do in an emergency, knowing that you likely won’t be with them 24/7. How will they get in touch with you? Do they know how and when to call 911?
Familiarize yourself with your child's school or care taker’s emergency plans and have a family plan of your own. Learn more and get your kids involved by visiting Ready.gov/Kids.
If there’s an emergency in our city, whether be a hurricane, a flood, or something else entirely, will we be able to reach you?
We certainly hope so but you need to be signed up for Chesapeake Alert. Through this alert system, you can create your own profile and choose how and when we can get in touch with you. You can also opt in to several helpful alerts such as travel advisories and garbage collection reminders.
Check it out and sign up: CityOfChesapeake.net/ChesapeakeAlert.