It’s that time of year! According to the National Center for Education Studies, an estimated 50 million students will head to elementary and secondary schools and seventeen million will enroll in college this fall.
For some, it will be a familiar environment, but for others – it could be a strange and different world. Those headed to college may not just be away from home for the first time, but also now living in a place where the weather can be very different from what they’re accustomed.
In times of dangerous weather, parents may be concerned about their child’s safety. That’s what happened when deadly tornadoes struck the University of Alabama in 2011. Many parents struggled to get information about their children and to find out if they were safe.
If you are sending a child away from home to attend school, be sure that the institution they are attending has a well-documented emergency plan and a way for you to communicate with your son or daughter. Usually, this kind of information can be found on the school’s main web page. However, you should also be sure your child knows what to do in emergency weather situations.
Send them off to college with all the necessary school supplies, and also give them the things they need in a basic emergency kit like: flashlight, spare batteries, first aid kit, cell phone charger, etc. Going to live in a strange place without the comforts of home can be disorienting enough; empower them to get through perilous weather episodes as well.
Finally, get a WeatherCall @Home subscription. Register the school’s address in the account and you and they will be notified if dangerous storms are imminent. After all, you really can’t put a price on peace of mind. Don’t have a child in school? You probably know someone who does, so please share this with them.