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Emergency Preparedness For Kids

Updated on October 12, 2011

Emergency Supply Kit for Kids

We never know when an natural emergency like a hurricane, fire or flood could happen and you should always be prepared by making sure that you have an ample supply of water, food and clothing as well as tools and medical supplies ready and available. But one thing that many people forget able while preparing for an emergency is the children.

Often during an emergency your family may be without electricity for several hours or even possibly several days. It is really important to be prepared for children becoming scared, bored or restless.

By having familiar toys available, your child will fill much more comfortable and relaxed. And it is a good idea to have a supply of games that can be played that will keep your child entertained. I also suggest adding a few books that they can read and also a pack of crayons with a coloring book.

A few toys for entertainment will not take up much space in your Emergency preparedness package, but it will really mean a lot when the unexpected happens.

Disaster Emergency Preparedness - Emotional Preparedness

In the case of an unexpected emergency it is difficult to prepare a child. But when a disaster happens it is important to keep your child calm. Kids look up to us as parents. They look at the way we respond and take signals from us.So it is important for you to be as calm as possible. If we are prepared for a disaster it helps to prevent a lot of chaos. This helps to reassure the child that things are going to be fine and that you are taking control. When we are prepared it makes things much easier. And the children often look at it as a fun adventure.

Kids Emergency Preparedness Items

Here is a list of a few items that will help keep your child entertained during an emergency.

  • coloring book with crayons
  • a deck of cards
  • a few travel games (they are small and don't take up much space
  • a few picture books
  • a favorite pillow or stuffed animal
  • a favorite blanket


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    • Wendy Krick profile image

      Wendy Krick 6 years ago from Maryland

      Thanks jacqui2011

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Luckily in the UK, we don't have that many disasters, but it is good to be prepared in any event. Your list of essentials for children is great - something creative, some reading materials, cards etc. It would certainly relieve the boredom and take their minds off the situation.