This emergency kit for kids will provide comfort to them if they are involved in an emergency at school, with a babysitter, or in hospital.
Disclosure: I am being compensated for my role as Community Leader in the Horizon Healthy Families Back to School Community.
Recently, the twins’ teacher sent home a note asking us to prepare an emergency comfort kit for our children. These kits are placed in a large barrel in each classroom and used in the event that there is an emergency at the school. I thought this was such a fabulous idea that I wanted to share it with you, especially in the wake of numerous tornadoes, hurricanes, emergency lockdowns in schools, and earthquakes.
Emergency kit for kids
This is the little man’s kit. Miss M has one that is very similar.
Contents of emergency kit
- Family photograph
- Travel game
- Emergency contact card: allergies, medications, Dr’s number, our phone numbers
- Water bottle
- Granola Bar
- Notepad with pencil and crayons
- Letter from parents
They suggested using a 1-gallon clear zip-lock bag for these, however, I used some clear zipped bags that had once contained body wash and lotions.
Hospital emergency kit for kids
If you did not see my other post, the little man was attacked by a dog 2 weeks ago. It pulled him over our fence while he was talking to the little girl who lives next door and mauled him. He had claw marks across the side of his head, down his back, a graze across his stomach from the fence, a large scrape on one leg, and his arm had been bitten quite severely.
This happened during a blackout. The local fire crew was the closest to us so within a few minutes they had secured the bite and drove us to the emergency room in the fire truck. The hospital was without power and was using backup generators to help critical patients and those on respirators. They were unable to operate on Flynn that evening and after 5 hours in the hospital, we went home to sleep while we waited for the power to come back. Thankfully by 6 am, we were able to meet with the plastic surgeon. He needed to have a few stitches in his head and have his arm stitched together (the bites were over halfway around his arm and required stitching inside as well as externally).
In the chaos of calling 911 and getting to the emergency room, I didn’t have time to pack up a kit of things to entertain Flynn at the hospital while we waited. I wish I had a small kit that I could just grab as I ran out the door. This is what I have now gathered for a hospital kit:
- Travel Game
- Change of clothes
- Notepad with crayons and pencil
- Coloring book
- Tissues (travel pack)
- Comfort toy
Let me explain why I suggest some of these items.
Change of clothes
The fireman had to cut Flynn’s Shirt, he was covered in blood and missing a shoe when we got to the hospital. That is how he then had to leave the hospital and spend his five hours there. Seeing all of the blood upset him. I wished I had a change of clothes for him so he did not have to see that.
During the blackout, we also had no cell phone reception and could not charge phones, this meant that Flynn couldn’t even play games on my phone because I needed to conserve the battery in the event the power returned and I could make calls. He also couldn’t talk to other family members. To say that he was bored and needed distraction is an understatement.
Tissues and wipes
As you can imagine there were a lot of tears shed, he was also covered in dirt so to have been able to clean him up a little would have been wonderful.
Power outage kit for the home
For a few years, I have kept a power outage kit stocked at home. This kit contains:
- Flashlight (for each family member)
- Portable DVD player with a spare battery (that is charged) & DVD’s
- Lightsticks (for the kids)
Check out my other posts for even more ideas too:
- Wifi and power outage survival guide
- Fire safety activities for kids
- Busy bags for entertaining kids at the doctor’s office
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