Emergency Kit Checklist for Families
Before an emergency strikes, be sure to build an emergency preparedness kit for your family. Build the kit to fit your family’s unique needs and update the kit regularly. Below are some additional things to consider adding to your kit when preparing for an emergency:
Build a Communications Plan
Be sure to include your children in your emergency planning process. Discuss where your family will meet if separated during an emergency, as well as how you will keep in contact.
Once your family is out of harm’s way, children may still be frightened or confused. Here are some tips to help comfort them:
- Limit TV time: Intense media coverage of disasters can frighten young children.
- Listen: Discuss your child’s concerns about the situation.
- Comfort: Let them know their safety is your top priority.
- Be aware: Changes in sleeping, eating and other behaviors can indicate distress. Seek professional support and counseling if they persist.
- Make time: Help kids understand they’re safe and secure by talking, playing and other family activities.
- Remain Calm: Your child will learn how to deal with these events from you. Demonstrating calmness will help keep children more calm.
- Care: Make a point of showing sensitivity toward other families impacted by the disaster.
- Routine: Help your children return to normal activities including school, sports and play groups.
- Volunteer: Helping others can give your child a sense of control, security and empathy