What Children Need to Know About Preparedness, Part 2

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
  • Water
  • Battery or hand-crank radio
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Pet supplies
  • Spare car and house keys
  • Blankets
  • Paper plates and utensils
  • Trash bags
  • Moist towelettes
  • Change of clothes, rain gear and sturdy shoes or boots
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Diapers
  • One comforting stuffed animal or toy per child
  • Travel-sized toys, crafts or a book
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