As previously discussed, getting children and grandchildren involved in preparedness activities – assuming they are old enough to understand without become frightened – is a great idea. It will help them better respond when the times comes.
One of the ways to bring kids into the process can be turned into a fun family project. It involves packing a family emergency kit in a sturdy box or bag. Keep the kit in a location everyone knows. Store items in waterproof plastic bags. Replace water, batteries and clothing every six months.
Let your child or grandchild decorate it and gather items on a list such as the one below:
- Copies of your family emergency plan
- Minimum of $200 in cash and coins
- Copies of family health records, list of prescriptions and dosages, insurance cards
- First-aid kit and prescription medicines
- Three-day supply of dry and canned food, and a manual can opener
- Battery or hand-crank radio
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Paper plates and utensils
- Change of clothes, rain gear and sturdy shoes or boots
- One comforting stuffed animal or toy per child
- Travel-sized toys, crafts or a book