Safety tips and resources for students and parents
Illinois (KBSI) – Tips and Resources to help students better prepare for their return to school.
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security (IEMA-OHS), along with local Emergency Management Agencies, are highlighting resources for students headed back to the classroom.
Students all over the region will head to school this week.
- Call 1-844-4SAFEIL (723345)
- Text SAFE2 (72332)
- Online at https://app.safe22helpil.com/
- Email HELP@Safe2HelpIL.com
- Download the Safe2HelpIL app (Android or iOS)
Planning tips for parents to consider in the event of an emergency:
- Know how your school will contact parents/guardians in the event of an evacuation
- Ensure the school has all of your current emergency contact information on file
- Pre-authorize a friend or relative to pick up your children in an emergency
- Teach children with cell phones about ‘Text First, Talk Later.’ Short, simple text messages, such as “R U OK?,” and “I’m OK,” are more likely to get through than a phone call if phone service is disrupted during an emergency. As phone congestion eases, you can follow up with a phone call to relay more information.
Safe2HelpIL was launched in October 2021, and is a free, information sharing platform that is available 24/7 for students who are in trouble or need someone to talk to.