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September is National Preparedness Month!


After yesterday’s shooting at an elementary school in South Carolina to the floods in Baton Rouge and West Virginia and tornadoes that will likely hit this fall, it is more and more imperative that we equip our children with the information and supplies needed in case they are in school or daycare if a disaster hits while in their care.

Children are the most vulnerable in emergency situations. That’s why Save the Children encourages everyone to act to better protect kids BEFORE disaster strikes.  They are spreading awareness of something that parents can teach their kids, called the “Prep Step“.

Make an ICE contact card for each child.

In Case of Emergency (ICE), would you be able to reunite quickly with your children?

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Did you know:

Every day, 69 million U.S. children are separated from their families while they are at school or child care.
After Hurricane Katrina there were more than 5,000 reports of missing children. It took 7 months to reunite the last child with her family.

Here’s a video about this:

Your child’s ICE card should include 3 emergency contacts — including an out-of-town contact, because during emergencies, local communications are often down.

Make your ICE contact cards at It’s free and easy! Fill out one form for your whole family online (Save the Children will not store your child’s info anywhere). Print out the cards (you’ll get two copies for each child), cut and fold. Put one copy in a luggage tag to keep inside your child’s bag. Keep the other copy in your wallet.

Do the Prep Step! Make emergency prep fun for the whole family.  Save the Children also created a fun song and dance called “The Prep Step” to help kids learn the 3 important prep steps every family should take. Check it out!


Find some Prep Step resources to complete the 3 prep steps on this landing page:
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Oh yes, this is so important. Back in the day we would even practice dialing 911- cell phones kinda eliminate that now. But practicing an emergency plan and even having 2 ICE cards would be good 🙂


It is always important to have a plan for your kids! This has some great tips that people should definitely use! Thanks for sharing!

Michelle James

This is such an important post Jamie. Thank you for sharing at #HomeMattersParty


what a great organization, Jamie. Great tips, too. #HomeMattersParty


This is such a great idea! I would feel better knowing all of my kids had an ICE card.


Great tips here. I never knew to do this when my kids were small, and it’s good info for all parents.

Carlee C

We have another Hurricane possibly heading this way, so this is so important and relevant. I will be doing this over the weekend.


It’s so important to be prepared! Thanks for sharing … heading over to fill out an ICE form now.