Communication between parents and schools is key in times of natural disaster

No one is ever all the way ready for a disaster but public safety officials tell us that a lot can be done to lessen the impact of an earthquake or other natural disaster on our homes and families.

On KVNU’s For the People program Tuesday, the guest was Wade Matthews of the Utah Emergency Management office. He talked about last year’s water crisis in the city of Nibley here in Cache County and said the city was recognized by the state for the commendable way it was handled.

Matthews also talked about the importance of communication, especially between parents and schools.

“We encourage parents to go to their individual schools and find out what their emergency preparedness plans are,” said Matthews, “how they will be communicating with their parents as far as what the status of the school is and their children and how soon they can be unified with their children again.

“That will vary from school district to school district. Many districts have reverse phone systems where they can call out directly to parents’ phones and give them that type of information.”

Matthews said it is very important to always have ready outreach between families and schools.

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