Parents and college-bound emergency plan

Emergency call button - Public Information Symbol

Emergency call button – Public Information Symbol Photo by public domain by its author, Foundation for Personal Mobility and Ecological Transportation (

If parents need another reason to prepare for emergencies, the recent Boston bombings sure give it.

Boston is home to families and businesses. It is also a college town and major tourist city. Unfortunately, many other American towns have suffered from disasters such as school shootings, Super Storm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina, epidemics and earthquakes.

The hope is that an emergency plan will never need to be put into action. However, from terrorist and other criminal attacks to health hazards and environmental/weather tragedies, wise families have an emergency preparedness plan.

Parents with college-bound students have unique challenges. They need a plan for when they are all at home and when they are apart. The government’s website is a great resource including instructions to make a plan, build a kit and stay informed.

Here’s a five-point plan for families of college-bound students:

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My name is Wendy David-Gaines and I’m known as POCSmom. Higher education is my passion and my goal is to make the entire college process less stressful and more fun. I write and lecture about getting in, paying for it, and ice cream. (Don’t most college campuses have a nearby frozen dessert hangout?) This blog will cover everything college from forming a college list to attending college graduation so you can DIY and enjoy the college years. For more about POCSmom Wendy and to connect on social media, go to and read this blog’s About page.