Recent reports of the horrific tornado season made me think of a common piece of advice, “Have some form of I.D. on yourself and your kids.” Well, in the midst of chaos, I’ll be lucky to find my wallet much less my kids’ homeschool I.D. cards. But what if there were something easier? What if there was a type of I.D. that you could keep hanging on a bedpost? Something like a lanyard would fill the bill.
The I.D. card itself doesn’t have to be official. It can be as simple as a school photograph with information printed on the back: name, birthdate, address, parent’s cell phone, medical conditions (if any), and then laminated. Lanyards are inexpensive enough, heck, you probably have one or two around the house, in order to have one by each bed, a set in an emergency shelter, and others in emergency kits. They are even fashionable enough for Mom!
Instruct your kids to put on their lanyards as soon as they hear a warning siren go off or feel a tremblor. Have a drill or two, or three, until you are sure they know where their lanyards are kept and know what to do with them.
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Emergencies are scary enough without worrying about your kids wandering off or emergency workers finding family members injured or unconscious without any identification. A lanyard I.D. for every member of the family is an easy way to make sure this small, but important, detail is covered.
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