As we discussed in a previous blog post, September was National Preparedness Month. Within that informative post, we provided you with a list of 5 easy steps to help make sure your friends and family are prepared for any potential crisis. One of those significant steps was to put together an emergency kit.
To recap – you can create an essential emergency kit quite easily; it should be a collection of basic useful items you might need in the event of an emergency. It’s generally recommended that every emergency kit has enough food, water, and general supplies (bandages, batteries, sleeping bag, etc.) to last for at least 72 hours.
However, today, we want to focus on putting together a disaster supplies kit for your kids in school. Sadly, as far as we have observed, too many schools are not prepared for prolonged emergency events. As a shocking example, most classroom emergency kits don’t even have enough water and food for the entire classroom. So, as such, here is a well-rounded, cautious list that you can use to help make your school and children more safe and prepared:
- Water, enough for three days
- Non-perishable food, such as protein snacks or granola bars
- Small flashlight or headlamp, with plenty of extra batteries
- Emergency whistle
- Emergency bright stick
- Local maps (you never know when GPS might go out)
- Cell phone, with plenty of chargers, inverters and/or solar chargers
- Small first aid kit
- Roll of toilet paper
- Roll of duct tape
- Emergency blanket
- Comfort item(s) to help keep a calm atmosphere in a crisis, especially for those who are in elementary school
- Lip balm and antibacterial hand sanitizer
- Wet wipes
- Extra health-related items your child uses in particular (such as his/her medication regarding allergies, asthma, diabetes, and etc. )
- 10 water purification tablets
You can store these listed disaster supplies in various packaging alternatives, such as a zip top bag, a small baby wipe box, a pencil box, or even in a large mint box. Regarding the awareness of your own children, just make sure he/she acknowledges the fact that emergencies are serious issues. These conversations can be tough, so if you would like to check our suggestions on how to talk to your children about emergencies, check out our post here.
Once you explain emergencies and the importance of being prepared to your child, you should find a place in the classroom to safely tuck the kit away. The bottoms of lockers or in desks are some good starting points. It both needs to be an easily accessible location and somewhere that does not break the school rules. Also worth mentioning – make sure your school administration is aware of, and supportive of, the items that you provide in your children’s emergency kits. Different kinds of medications and cell phone access can be denied and prohibited at some schools. Solutions to overcome these problems can be easily sorted out with the administration and/or crisis management faculty of the school.
What other items would you include in your child’s bag? Please feel free to contribute to this post by commenting below!