Tuesday, April 7, 2015

What to pack in individual emergency kits for your children

It is recommended that you create a concrete plan as a family on what to do should an emergency occur. Educate your kids on what steps they should take, who they should call, who they can trust, and etc. Aside from teaching them basic first aid and survival skills, it is also suggested that parents pack an emergency kit for each of their children so that when the need arises, the kids can easily grab their pack and go. 

Here are some of the things that you need to prepare for your child’s emergency kits. 

1. First Aid Kit – You may either buy them already packed at the local drugstore or you may choose to pack your own. Don’t forget to include antiseptic solutions, bandages, gauze, alcohol, and a Swiss army knife. 

2. Bottled Water – While it is recommended to allot one gallon of water per person per day, this may be too heavy to pack in a child’s bag. Instead, pack small bottles of water or a water purifying bottle.
 
3. Canned food and can opener – Pack non-perishables, ready to eat meals like canned meatloaf and crackers.
 
4. Thermal jackets or blanket – Keep warm even in unforgiving weather. It is best to buy them in bright colors such as orange or yellow so that they can easily be identified or seen from a distance. 

5. Whistle - This can help your children signal for help and be located easily. 

6. Matches and flashlight – In case of blackouts, they can still find their way, as well as make a fire. 

7. Self -powered radio and/or cell phone- Make sure your child has some form of communication tool with him/her so they can reach any member of the family or the authorities if needed.

8. Local Maps - Should the family become separated, this will help ensure that they can get to a safe place. Make sure you have agreed upon meeting points that everyone is familiar with. 

9. Medication - For children with special medical needs, keep their medicine in a water-proof pillbox. Include labels and instructions on when to take them if the child has any need for such assistance. 

Please note that it is best to ensure at least three days supplies of the following items and to keep it in a waterproof storage. Be safe and be prepared. Keep your family protected. 


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