Springfield Police Department offers guidance if you lose your child in a crowd
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) — Summer is here. And with outdoor events and all the crowds, losing track of your kids can be a real hassle.
Matt Stidham, Nixa’s father of three, says losing his child in a crowd is one of the scariest times as a parent.
“The first thought I have is for me as a parent not to panic,” Stidham said.
Springfield Police Department Lt. Mark Foos said he was ready.
“If they separate, there’s already a plan in place,” Lt. Foos said.
Stidham said his family is preparing for all major events.
“Have a back-up plan in place, from their earliest ability to remember things and communicate, we started drilling them into our cell phone numbers,” Stidham said.
Stidham is also a church leader and former school administrator. He said he knows having a hangout works.
“I brought a school group to Silver Dollar City, and we had a few kids whose cell phones died, and they didn’t know how to reach us,” Stidham said. “But they knew the landmark, they knew where to meet us in an emergency, and that’s how it went. We were able to meet them. »
Authorities recommend children wear glow sticks, strobe lights, glowing or identifiable clothing,
“Make sure your children are identified, such as a wristband with their name and your name and phone number on it, or a folded piece of paper in their pocket,” Lt. Foos said.
The police even say it helps to have pictures of your children. Also tell them to find adults they can trust.
“Tell young children to find another mother with a stroller,” Lt. Foos said. “We all know mothers are going to protect each other.”
Also, having tracking apps on your phone can help, like Life360 or sharing your location.
But Stidham said he stayed away from technology because it might fail you.
“Start thinking like the kid, if I was here, what would interest me? What would get my attention,” Stidham said. two, I’m able to find them that way. But again, thinking about the child, you don’t walk away.
Officers said the same is true for adults, as you should wear identifiable markers, strobe lights, bright colors, or glow sticks.
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