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Back-to-school tips: Knowing your child's school emergency plans

Herrin High School sign welcome's new freshman. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) Herrin High School sign welcome's new freshman. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
HERRIN, IL (KFVS) - The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is encouraging that parent's add emergency preparedness to the list of back-to-school plans for the 2014-2015 school year.

"No one likes to think about the possibility of an emergency happening while children are in school or at daycare," said IEMA Director Jonathan Monken. "A few minutes of your time now can help you and your child deal with emergencies that may occur during the day at school."

Southern Illinois' Herrin High School Principal Terry Ryker says that school's prepare for all types of emergencies and it's important that parents know how school's will respond in the event of an emergency.

“Whether they’re natural disasters or man-made problems, we try to come up with plans for each and every one,” Ryker said. " “School's are taking every step they can every possible precaution they can of the safety of the students in their school.”

If you're a family member or friend that is listed as an emergency contact, it's important that you know the emergency plans as well, Ryer said.

Robbin Brummett, a grandmother of a daycare student, says she would likely be the person to get her grandson if an emergency occurred.
“Being the ‘Mimi,” I’m not aware of those [plans]. However, I’m sure my daughter has paperwork on that," Brummett said. "I would like more information about that. I know I would be closer than my daughter is to his daycare.”

Ryker suggests that you read your student's school handbook or search online for the school's emergency plan.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency says a couple of tips to keep in mind are; make sure your emergency contact info is up to date and pre-authorize a friend or family member to pick your child up in case you have an emergency.

Additional preparedness information is available on the Ready Illinois website.






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