Take a minute and ask yourself whether or not you feel completely comfortable dropping your child off at school, or a friend's house, or the mall.
Children spend approximately 25% of their time away from home. This percentage grows as they get older and become more interested in their friends. Would your child know what to do if an emergency struck away from home?
Starting an emergency plan is important for all families and age groups. The younger a child is when he/she is taught about emergency planning, the better things will go in the event of a disaster. Please keep in mind that emergency planning is not exclusive to giant attacking monsters or the earth freezing over. Make sure you include minor calamities in your emergency plan such as cuts, power outages, bug bites, CPR, etc.