You might not even be at home when disaster strikes. So where is your emergency kit? Where is your child’s kit? We spend a lot of time in our cars, and our families are usually separated by many miles during the day—so this is something to consider as you plan. It could take quite a while to get everyone back together. Power might be out or roads could be blocked. Will you and your family have what is needed to get by until you can be re-united? Having a “traveling” emergency kit in your car, one at work, and one in your child’s backpack could be a huge comfort to you and your family.
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Just having a kit is a great start, but there are a few extra items that should be considered for your traveling emergency kit:
- Keep a list of phone numbers in a zip top bag.
- Be sure to include your family members and your emergency contact.
- If your phone doesn’t work your phonebook won’t be available to you.
- An extra set of keys
- Pictures of family members
- A small supply of any regular medication that might be necessary.
There are some important additions you might want to make to a child’s kit as well, which they can keep in their backpack for school:
- An extra snack
- A toy, or a coloring book and crayons
- Emergency contact information (include their home address)
- Pictures of family members (so school or public officials can identify those with whom the child can leave)
- A poncho
Since tax time has just passed and I am waiting for my refund to arrive, I have decided to put a little extra into my emergency preparedness fund. After our “Shake Out” practice most of my friends and family are doing the same. To need an emergency kit and not have it could make a bad situation worse, so having an emergency kit gives me great peace of mind (even if I never end up needing it).