How to Write the In Case of Emergency Letter To Your Child

How to Write the In Case of Emergency Letter To Your Child
One of the most foundational aspects of creating an effective emergency preparation plan for your family is opening up dialog. This means having open and honest conversations with your children about natural disasters before the unexpected happens. But it also means having a conversation with your child during an emergency event even if you're not physically in the same place.

How is that possible, exactly? By writing your child a letter in the pages of the workbook included with your LadyBugOut bag. First and foremost, the letter functions on a level of emotional and psychological safety for your child during a stressful and chaotic event. Second, the letter serves as a little cheat sheet, so to speak, that revisits the actionable steps your child should take during an emergency. Because as we all know, remembering specific details is made exponentially more difficult in times of stress, and the easier we can make this for our children, the better.

Keep in mind that while this letter should serve as a reminder of your love for your child, it doesn't need to be a surprise that is only revealed once there is a natural disaster. On the contrary, write it in advance, share it, read it together, and even write it together if that feels right. Ideally, with enough practice, your child will hear your voice as they read your letter, so that it becomes not only a tool of comfort, but a roadmap and reminder of your family's emergency plan.

3 Tips for Writing an Effective Letter:
  • Remind them of your family's specific plan. Consider what type of learner your child is; will it help them to write out the steps of the plan themselves, or is it more effective if you draw a simple picture of your plan (the route, location, etc.)?

  • Share a funny story or positive memory about them that demonstrates their resilience. Remember: As the caretaker of your child, you are the one who provides them with a sense of psychological safety. In your absence, this letter can provide a reminder of the comfort they feel with you.

  • Remind them that you love and care about them in whatever way most resonates with how you express love to them typically (e.g. with words, with pictures or emojis).

Whether your school is asking you to write this letter, the LadyBugOut Get Started workbook is prompting it, or you are just a self-driven parent, we hope these tips are useful. Good luck and try not to shed too many tears! If you have questions or need additional help, feel free to post on our Facebook page.