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PTSA e-Prep Committee ensures emergency supplies are organized and resources available to support the school administration’s emergency plan. Our PTSA may provide funding each year for our emergency preparedness program. This program ensures we have necessary supplies and rations should we require them in an emergency. Such supplies include: water, food, rain ponchos, tents, mylar blankets, porta-potties, toilet paper, flashlights, medical supplies, and search & rescue supplies.

By joining the PTSA and donating financially, your contributions help us to keep these supplies current and assure that our kids are provided for until we can pick them up. If you wish to make a dedicated contribution specifically for emergency supplies or training, we would be glad to coordinate this for you. Please contact ptsa_president@bennettptsa.org.
 

Other Important Safety Notes For Your Family!

Prepare at Home! Make emergency preparedness your family’s New Year’s resolution!

Now is a good time to review your emergency plan with your family such as:

• Fire escape routes in your home
• Fire extinguisher locations
• Demonstrate what the smoke alarm sounds like for your children
• How you will communicate in an emergency

Need help making a plan? Use this template from FEMA.

Some disasters strike without any warning, and family members may not all be in the same place. How will you get in touch with each other? Where will you meet? How will you get out of your house in case of a fire? What if your neighborhood is being evacuated? It's important to make a plan now so that you will know what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in an emergency. http://www.ready.gov/kids/make-a-plan

Home Emergency Supplies

• Water is the most important emergency supply. Recommendation: 1 gallon per person per day for at least 3 days (FEMA now recommends 2 weeks). A family of 4 should have 12 gallons of water on hand.
• Food is also important, but you don’t need to buy anything special. Canned goods, unopened boxes of cereal and crackers keep for a long time and are probably in your pantry already.
• A flashlight, battery-powered radio, and extra batteries are also good to have on hand.

Visit http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit for more information on emergency supplies.

Safety Tips

Keep emergency information in your student's wallet or backpack - We give our children cell phones at younger and younger ages. But not all of us do, and cell phones may be locked, turned off, or the battery may be need to be recharged. And so what happens if they are injured, are not responsive and cannot communicate? The next step for emergency responders will be to check their backpack for contact and medical information.

You can help by preparing a simple emergency card for your student in their backpack that includes: Their name, month/year of birth (for medication dispensing), address, parent’s name/phone (home/cell), allergies, medical conditions, and if he or she wears contact lenses. For the student’s own benefit, you may wish to include your cell and work phone numbers, as well as your family’s out-of-state contact person’s name and phone numbers.

Understanding the ALICE Safety Protocol - ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. It is a training to prepare individuals of all ages to handle the threat of an active intruder. ALICE teaches individuals to participate in their own survival, while leading others to safety. For more information on ALICE please check out the following sites: http://www.alicetraining.com/our-program/alice/ and http://www.alicetraining.com/our-program/alice/k12-education/age-appropriate/.

Helpful Resources:

• Bellevue School District Safety and Security: http://www.bsd405.org/departments/security/

• Earthquake Safety – Drop, Cover, Hold On: http://www.shakeout.org/washington/dropcoverholdon

• ALICE Protocol - Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate: www.alicetraining.com

• United States Office of Homeland Security Survival Kit: http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

• American Red Cross Home/Family Survival Kit: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/get-kit

• American Red Cross Home/Family Plan: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family

• FEMA: Preparedness Tips for Parents and Guardians