Ready or Not #69: Back to School Kits

Now that we are getting ready to send our kids back to school, let’s make sure that we send them prepared – not with papers and pencils, but with supplies that they would need if a disaster happened while they were at school.  Chances are nothing will happen, but that is what we do – prepare and hope we don’t have to use it.

This is something that I have talked about before.  It is really easy to assemble this kit and it will give your kids the ability to be in charge of what they might have to go through.  Sit down with your kids and go through this list.  See what they want to put in and what would be important for them to have.  The list I have provided is just a suggestion.  Go wild and have fun.

School Emergency Kit

  • Inexpensive backpack or small duffel bag
  • 2 sealed bottles of water
  • 1 or 2 Energy Bars/Candy Bars (remember – Chocolate will melt and make a mess)
  • Hard tack candy and/or gum
  • Tennis shoes or boat shoes
  • 1 to 2 pairs of cotton socks
  • A pair of sweats (or change of clothes)
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Poncho and/or umbrella
  • Small first aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Toilet Paper – 1 roll
  • Small bottle of hand sanitizer like PureWorks antibacterial foam (really good stuff), Purel, and/or small packet of wet wipes
  • Money – you decide on the amount, but make sure that you have small change in coin as well as paper bills.
  • Pictures, on a lanyard or necklace of some sort, of each member of your family. Mount the pictures on some card stock and on the back write the name of the person in the photo, the address, contact names and phones numbers.  It is best to have individual pictures instead of a group photo because the person is more recognizable.  It would also be a good idea to have the pictures laminated.  Each person in the family will need a set of every person in their family.  These will need to be updated every year.  The best time to do this is when you get school pictures because they are usually taken at the beginning of the year, or just get your digital camera out and get them done before school starts.
  • You can put any medical problems or instructions such as allergies, asthma, diabetes, etc., on the back of the pictures before you laminate them.
  • It is a good idea to also include a letter from the parents with instructions of what to do in case of an emergency at school and a letter of assurance that all will be well and that you will be together again as a family.

The last suggestion is probably the most important suggestion.  Send your kids to school with instructions on what they need to do in an emergency.  Having it written down will help them to remember everything while they are stressed.  It will help calm them.  Remember, sometimes the most important education you can give your children is to teach them to be prepared.  Teach them by example.

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