School emergency kit

August 31, 2008 11:37:50 AM PDT
Tips for making an emergency plan for children.Q: How can parents prepare their children for emergencies during the school year?

A: Parents can give their children an extra layer of protection by including an emergency kit in their backpack.

Q: What should the emergency kit include, what are the different types of situations that children can find themselves in that these items will prepare them for?

A: Contents of the backpack Emergency Safety Kit include:

  • An emergency contact list. It should include parents and grandparents' home, work, cell/pager phone numbers, as well as the phone number of a friend or relative outside of the emergency area.

  • Assorted Bandages: Purchase bandages, such as sterile bandages that come in a durable container so they do not get squashed under books

  • Hand Sanitizer: For those times when hand washing facilities are not available hand sanitizer is a good quick safety solution to avoid passing along germs

  • A small Flashlight or Penlight. To be used for power outages. Make sure to check batteries periodically

  • Alarm Watch: An inexpensive digital watch that sounds a 110 decibel alarm when activated. It also flashes SOS.

  • A Fully-Charged Cell Phone Parents can preprogram the telephone with the emergency contact telephone numbers. Also, check with your child's school policy for cell phone use.)

  • Small bottled water and snack. If your child gets trapped somewhere, he/she will have a snack handy

  • Reflective tape attached to your child's outerwear for crossing the street

  • UV Mini umbrella: Great to have on hand for rainy days and to protect against UV exposure.

  • Handkerchief: Not only to be used for a runny nose, but to protect the child from pollutants and dust in the air

    Q: What are some of the other ways parents can prepare their children for emergencies?

    A: They are a variety of ways to prepare children for emergencies including:

  • Teach small children how to call 911 for help.

  • Practice responding to emergencies with your child.

  • Make sure older children learn first aid and CPR.

  • Contact your child's school or daycare center and discuss the emergency plan for your child's school

  • Walk your children through where they should go in an emergency and why it's important for them to remain at the designated area.

  • Make sure your child brings the emergency kit with them where ever they go.

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