NORTHWOODS - Children went back to school across the Northwoods Tuesday. That's why it's important to make sure you're prepared for anything.
Emergency workers say it's important to have a plan in place for all possible emergency situations. That plan should include emergency contacts, safe meeting locations, and emergency kits in homes and cars. Officials say taking time to plan and practice is crucial.
"Look at things before it happens," says Dawn Robinson, Oneida County Emergency Management Program Assistant. "Make sure your family, your loved ones, your neighbors, make sure everyone has a plan and practice those plans. That way when something does happen, it becomes more, that you know what to do, so be prepared as much as possible, and practice."
Part of being prepared is communication and knowing who to contact. Officials encourage parents to make sure that schools have up-to-date emergency contact information, especially for small children.
"If you have small children, and they don't understand who it is that they are supposed to be calling, or too small to remember the telephone numbers, possibly write it down and give it to the school," said Robinson. "Ask the school if they can help you put that contact information, update that contact information for your children."
Officials also want people to make sure they have an emergency kit ready and accessible at any time. They suggest making sure those kits contain items your family would need.
"Look at the family in your home. If you have anyone with special needs, what items do they need to survive and to stay in place if need be? Babies of course require formula and diapers, versus older people may have medications. So look at what your family needs and try to have those items in place," said Robinson.
If you would like to know how to make a plan for your family, you can visit the Ready Wisconsin website by following the link below.