Today marks the anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy. I cannot imagine what today will be like for all of the families who lost a loved one so senselessly. In all honesty, I never seem to have the right words to express my sadness about this day, so I just don’t say anything at all.
Last year, I was on my way home from Ethiopia and when I landed in Washington, D.C the vibe was very weird. People were moving around slowly and the usual hubbub of an international airport was different. I couldn’t place my finger on it until I called my husband and I looked up on one of the TV monitors and saw President Obama making a speech and crying. It was like coming home to a twilight zone. That day is still a blur for me and I hope with everything I have that no other tragedy like this happens again.
Because I never have the right words to say I hope you listen to these powerful words by Robbie and Alissa Parker, who lost their adorable daughter, Emilie, on that horrible day last year. They want everyone to take steps to protect children before a tragedy happens. I know this could not have been easy for them, so I hope you watch until the end.
Every school and daycare needs an emergency plan should a tragedy occur – natural or otherwise. Save the Children has painstakingly graded each state on its emergency preparedness. Where does your state stack up? Click here for emergency disaster checklists for your family. They have also created one for child care providers.