If your child is at school when an accident or emergency occurs, a personal emergency kit they can leave at school can provide comfort and necessary items.
What to pack
One of the most important items to pack is a copy of your family’s emergency plan, including:
- where you will meet in an emergency
- names and contact information for each family member
- the name of the person authorized to pick up your kids if you can’t get there
- the name and number of an out-of-town emergency contact
You can buy ready-made kits online or assemble one yourself to be stored in their locker, cubby hole or other convenient location at school. If possible, pack enough food and water for three days. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- granola bars or other quick-energy, child-friendly foods that don’t require heating
- bottled water
- emergency blanket
- flashlight and batteries and/or lightstick
- basic first aid kit, such as adhesive bandages
- hygiene supplies, such as small pack of tissues, sanitary wipes or antibacterial lotion, comb and toothbrush and toothpaste
- comfort items, such as a book or game to pass the time, a toy or stuffed animal and/or a compact album with family photos
Customize the kit according to your child’s preferences, the climate where you live (for example, you may wish to add extra clothing or socks and gloves) and your school’s policies (such as nuts or allergens).