As man-made and natural disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes, and wildfires become more prevalent, it is highly important to have a 72 hour kit for every single family member. It is also equally essential to have a kit that caters to the specific needs of each member. Every parent thinks about the safety of their children, especially in the event of an emergency. Unfortunately, many parents do not have the best kit for their child or children. I will outline some easy steps on how to set up one for your child so you can rest assured in case a need arises for its use in the future.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides helpful general information on what to include in a 72-hour emergency kit, this information can also be applied as the basis for a child kit, and they include, sufficient amount of food like snacks and water, a portable flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries, duplicate copies of important documents like passports, identity cards, and certificates. Original copies should be held by an adult or kept in a safe that is accessible readily. This could literally be a lifesaver as a missing link if there is commotion and your child is separated from you or gets missing. Please note that food and water supplies in the kit should not be too excessive or to small, just the right amount that is enough to sustain your child’s life for 3 days before coordinated assistance arrives with more supplies. If you pack too much food supplies you maybe be carrying more than you should which can actually increase your risk of danger.
Following the inclusion of lifesaving items like water and food in your child’s 72-hour kit, the next step is to consider the age and interests of your child. Regardless of what is going on around them. You always want children to have a sense of safety, happiness, fun, and security. Not fear. You can achieve this by adding items that are conjure these good emotions in your child. What are their favorite toys, reading books, deck of cards etc. When children are focused on familiar things that make them happy and relaxed, even in a time of distress, it goes a long way in taking off some of the anxiety and stress they would otherwise go through.
After including all these items to your child’s 72-hour emergency survival kit, it is now time to have “the talk” with your child. Take into consideration your child’s age and developmental level as you explain every single item in the kit and why they are included. Explain to them that disasters can happen but that you would always do your best to keep them safe in such situations.
In every situation, you want your child to do more than just survive, you want them to thrive, and a well-planned child 72-hour emergency kit can go a long way in achieving this ultimate goal even in the worse case scenario. Don’t forget to pack up each item in a small bag that each child can carry conveniently if they are strong enough to, otherwise they could be added to your own kit.
Find out more information on emergencies at www.FEMA.gov