It’s important that your kids are familiar with the basic concepts of survival and emergency preparedness. For any emergency situation, whether it’s a middle of the night asthma attack or an unexpected evacuation, your child should have these five things in his bedside table (or another easy to access location) and should know how to use them.
- Flashlight – This one’s pretty obvious, a flashlight can be used in just about any emergency scenario.
- Light stick – Consider adding a light stick that comes with a neck cord and teach your child to activate the light and wear it around her neck in the case of an emergency. When the power goes out, you want to be able to find each and every family member, thus the handy neck cord, and light always brings comfort.
- Emergency Medical Supplies – If your child has asthma, diabetes, hypoglycemia, or another medical condition which involves sudden attacks, it might be difficult for him to make it to the medicine cabinet for his emergency inhaler or find the right snack to stabilize his blood sugar. It’s much more efficient to have these things at hand.
- Mini First Aid Kit – This doesn’t need to be a full size first aid kit, just enough that your child would be able to grab a bandage quickly whenever necessary.
- List of Emergency Phone Numbers – Of course this will probably be somewhere else in your house, too, but it can be comforting for your child to have the list right with him.
- Small Survival Kit – This should be something that he could grab anytime he leaves the house, so he has the basic tools for most survival situations. This one is a good example, of course it might need to be adapted for younger kids.
- Shoes – Everyone in the family should get in the habit of keeping a pair of shoes right by the side of their bed or directly underneath where they can be easily accessed. Tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, house fires, and other disasters often happen when the sun goes down and a scared kid trying to get out of the house might find himself walking on glass shards or splintered wood.