Family Preparedness

Are you ready for when something out of the ordinary happens? Are your kids ready? Below are a series of “what if…” situations that may happen. For example:

WHAT IF 

I get locked out of my apartment? 

THEN:

1. You can go to the community center for keys.

2. You call the resident manager for keys.

Thinking about solutions to problems before they happen is the best way to prepare ourselves and loved ones should something happen. What would you do in the following situations?

WHAT IF the fire alarm goes off in the building?

THEN

1.

2. 

WHAT IF I hear or see something suspicious outside the apartment?

THEN

1.

2.

WHAT IF I get into an accident?

THEN

1.

2.

WHAT IF my child is lost in a store or in the community?

THEN

1.

2. 

WHAT IF the neighbors are yelling or fighting and I fear for their safety?

THEN

1.

2. 

It is important that your kids can answer those situations above as well as a few other ones.

WHAT IF no one is there to pick me up or is home after school? 

THEN

1.

2. 

WHAT IF I see my friend steal something?

THEN

1.

2. 

WHAT IF a stranger offers me candy, a ride, or to keep a secret?

THEN

1.

2. 

WHAT IF someone knocks on the door or the phone rings when I am home alone?

THEN

1.

2. 

WHAT IF my friend asks me to do something I don’t think is right or am uncomfortable with?

THEN

1.

2. 

Remember to practice these and other “what if” scenarios for yourself and your friends and family. Again, if you have any questions about this or need help answering some of these situations please contact me.

Officer Terry Evans

terryevans@wisc.edu