Well of course they do! Yet, are they as robust and thorough as they could be?
Depending upon the age of your child(ren) you will need to adjust your supplies to best suit their current needs and wants. For infants, there is of course the need for diapers, clothing, baby formula, water, swaddling blanket and wipes!!!!! When they are out of diapers, but still growing like weeds, you should have an extra stash of clothes in your kits that is one size larger, than their current size. Then as they grow to school age, the entertainment factor will take over. It will likely become the most important matter, to them. What will your little electronic addict do when the power is out for an extended period?
Make sure to include some non-electronic entertainment in your kits. Perhaps some board games, crayons/markers, deck of cards, favorite books/magazines, cribbage board or backgammon could temporarily ward off electronics withdrawal. It is also recommended to encourage your children to use the crayons/markers to create pictures of how they are feeling. It can prove to be a very valuable tool in helping your child emote and recover sooner.
What if.... An Interruption Happened When Your Child Was Away From Home?
Do their friend's parents have plans? What about their care providers?
If you, like most of us, are about to drop your child off at a child care provider or school, can you be assured that they have a plan? That they know what to do? That you would be able to contact them should an event occur? Do they have your out of area contact information or do they provide a number for you to call? If you can't answer those questions, it is time to talk to your care providers.
One great way to start the conversation, is to ask them if they plan to participate in the Great ShakeOut (earthquake drill) tomorrow? When you drop off your child(ren) today, ask the question? Or send an email afterwards, if time won't allow for immediate interaction. Provide them with a link to the site and the K-12 Drill Manual. Here is the link to the Great ShakeOut! and here is the link to the K-12 School Drill Manual. You might also share the drill doesn't have to occur tomorrow, it just needs to happen.
Lastly, encourage those people that your children spend time with to sign up for our weekly safety and preparedness tips! You can simply forward this email and then encourage them to sign up at the bottom in the "KEEP UP ON THE LATEST" link below.