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As the kids get ready to head back to school, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies, including the Carbondale Fire Department, are encouraging parents to include emergency preparedness in their back-to-school plans.
Here are some tips for parents to consider:
Students headed off to college also need to be prepared for emergencies. While doing back to school shopping, consider picking up the essential items for an emergency preparedness kit. You can find a list of emergency kit essentials online at www.ready.illinois.gov.
Many college campuses also offer email and text messages to alert students of potential dangers, such as severe weather and other threats. Encourage your college student to sign-up for such alerts. Some colleges also provide alert messages for parents, so they also are aware of potential dangers on campus. In addition, make sure your student knows the emergency plans for their dorm or apartment building.
Additional preparedness information is available on the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.