It is important to talk about active threats with your family. Consider creating a preparedness plan with your family, and talking about identifying exits with your kids. While we hope this never happens to you, we know if you are aware of your surroundings and have a plan, you will be more likely to respond in a crisis.
Planning for and talking about emergencies with your kids can help to ease anxiety. Here are a few specific items you can talk about.
- Plan what to do in case you are separated from your family during an emergency. Choose a location outside of your neighborhood that your kids know how to find and instruct them you will meet there.
- Choose an out-of-area emergency contact person. It may be easier to text or call long distance if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service. Everyone should carry emergency contact information in writing and saved on their cell phones. Make sure places where your children spend time also have these contact numbers, like at school or daycare.
Safe A Life Denver is a collaboration between American Red Cross Colorado, CEPP, Denver Health Paramedics, Denver Police Foundation, and Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. Together, we provide resources and training to empower you to take appropriate action in the moment, and to talk with others about preparing for active threats. As a community, we can do more to prepare for, respond to and recover from active threats. Even though this is a difficult and uncomfortable subject to talk about, thinking about and planning for your response to an active threat can save lives. As a community, we will be more prepared and resilient if we are all empowered to save lives.
If you have questions about Save a Life Denver, please contact us.