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Preparing a Child's Evacuation To-Go Kit

When a disaster is threatening and you need to prepare for a possible evacuation, think about what your child might need in a child’s Evacuation To-Go Kit. Assembling a few treasured items and materials can help your child in times of disaster.

Some suggested items for your child’s Evacuation To-Go Kit include:

  • Several favorite books
  • Crayons and paper
  • Children’s puzzles
  • Children’s board games (checkers, dominoes, etc.)
  • Card games (Go Fish, Old Maid, Uno, etc.)
  • Two favorite small toys, such as a doll or action figure
  • A cherished stuffed animal
  • A treasured blanket and/or pillow
  • Handheld electronic games
  • Pictures of family and pets
  • Other special items that will comfort children

Include your child as you prepare this kit. Find a special container to place the items in. Let your child help make decisions for the kit as you assemble these items. As you guide your child in gathering the items to be stored in the Evacuation To-Go Kit container, there will be opportunities for your child to talk to you about the storm and their possible fears. Additionally, preparing for the evacuation can help your child understand how a family takes action to stay safe. This will help provide comfort to your child as well as serve as a strong role model for them. They learn that parents ensure children’s safety. So take a moment to work with your child to develop an Evacuation To-Go Kit just for them.
Last Updated: 6/11/2013 8:43:37 AM
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