Fort Sam Houston ISD Community Creates Emergency ID Kits for Students
Local law enforcement and military volunteers collected fingerprints from over 250 Kindergarten and First Grade Fort Sam Houston Elementary students in support of National Preparedness Month in September. Collecting the children’s fingerprints is part of creating Emergency ID Kits for each Fort Sam Houston ISD child to take home. Participating law enforcement agencies included San Antonio Police Department, Bexar County Sheriff’s Department, 502nd Security Forces Squadron, and JBSA.
What is National Preparedness Month?
National Preparedness Month (NPM) is an annual observance to raise awareness of the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies.
How to Prepare for Emergencies
Emergencies and disasters can happen at any moment, so it is never too early to start preparing your family. Follow the recommended plan to support your family’s safety and National Preparedness Month
Prepare an Emergency ID Kit
When recovering a missing child, the most important tools for law enforcement are up-to-date, quality photographs and descriptive information. Complete your Child’s ID Kit by attaching a recent photograph of your child and listing all identifying and medical information. Update the photograph and information every 6 months, and keep the Kit in a secure, accessible location.
Make A Plan for Communication During a Disaster
Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the Coronavirus.
Build An Emergency Kit
Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.
Emergency Preparedness Starts Now
Start today by signing up for alerts, safeguarding important documents, and taking other low-cost and no-cost preparedness actions to lessen the impact of disasters and emergencies for your family.
Teach Youth About Preparedness in Emergencies
Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.