Help your child prepare and store a 72-hour readiness kit so he or she knows where to access the kit if it becomes necessary. In addition to the necessary food items, consider including these items in an emergency kit for your child.
* Extra clothes and shoes (Store a sturdy pair of shoes under the bed for easy access.)
* Mittens, scarf, jacket
* A favorite toy, doll or stuffed animal
* Books and games
* Comfort food, hard candy, crackers, granola bars, dried fruit
* Light stick or flashlight with spare batteries
* Paper with home address, phone number and parents’ names
* Toothbrush, toothpaste
* Comb, brush
If we want our children to be successful during times of distress and emergencies, it is up to us to teach and prepare them. We can’t prevent emergencies, but we can be prepared for them.
By: Carolyn Washburn - Mar. 1, 2008