How to keep your child prepared in the case of an emergency

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - As school kicks back into high gear, it's a good time to update your child's identification information so that you're prepared in any emergency or accident.

You can never be too safe when it comes to making sure your kids' information is up to date and accurate. If your child got lost, abducted or even just got on the wrong school bus accidentally, the last thing you want to think about is finding an update picture.

The Horry County Sheriff's Office recommends that you label the inside of your kids' backpacks and lunch boxes with only their name and where they go to school. That way in case of an emergency, your child is still identifiable, but information like your home address and phone number won't ever get into the wrong hands.

And you should update the information you keep on had about your child two to three times a year. While kids' fingerprints and DNA will not change, their features and dental records are constantly changing. So you should update their height, weight, hair color, nickname, whether they have glasses or braces. And be sure to keep all this information in a place that you will easily remember where it is.

If your kid hasn't already been fingerprinted in school and you're not sure you want to attempt at home, the Horry County Sheriff's office makes it very easy for you. They host free events and will give you a pamphlet where professionals can fingerprint your kid, mark down all the important information and even collect a hair sample for DNA. The next event will be on September 13 at Homewood Elementary from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. It will be held in the bus loop, multi-purpose room and cafeteria.

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