Emergency Preparedness School Kit Every One Needs

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With school starting right around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to put together an Emergency Preparedness School Kit For Kids. I realize a lot of people home school their children, but these kits could be placed in your car, and if you needed them each child would have their own kit. You never know when a car accident could happen and you are stranded on the freeway or even some local streets in the city. I made these specifically for children to have available in their backpack if an emergency happened at the school.

I have heard about and read about lock downs at school. I want every child in the world to have an emergency kit for kids.

Items For Emergency Preparedness School Kit:

1. Card with child’s name, address and emergency phone number/contact information

2. Write a short note telling your child you love them and add some words of encouragement in case you are separated for an extended time period

3. Water, I added three emergency drinking water packets that last for five years. They are approved by the US-Coast Guard. Each one has 4.2227 FL Oz. Easy to open even for a small child. They have a small tear area

4. Crackers with cheese-yes it is junk food but it would be something to help fill a small tummy in an emergency

5. Lightsticks-remember it could become dark at the school or in the car depending on how you use this emergency kit. These are non-toxic, cool to the touch, no heat and zero flames. You can add a flashlight, but then you would have to rotate the batteries and hope they do not leak.

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6. Peanuts-who wouldn’t love some peanuts. Unless of course, you are allergic then you would put some other snack in the kit

7. Jerky-most kids love jerky and it is filling

8. Nature Valley snack bar-its crunchy and will take some time to eat it

9. All Natural Fruit Strip-most kids love fruit leather

10. Emergency blanket-this would be great if the power goes out and it gets cold at the school. They can wrap themselves up in the thin life-saving warm heat sheet

Zippered Emergency School Kit For Kids

These are just a few ideas of what you might want to put in your child’s emergency kit. You never know what might happen at school. We have all seen on the TV or read in the newspaper about school lockdowns. We have heard about roads shut down and closed because of fires, car accidents, etc. Let’s be prepared for the unexpected. I put all the above items in a small zippered clear makeup bag about 5-1/2 inches by 7 inches by 2 inches.

I weighed the bag totally full with all the items above and it weighed about 1.8 pounds. If I had placed cartons of water the bag would have been too small. I also worried about leakage in those boxed drinks. I realize most schools will not allow medications to be put in backpacks so I did not add those items. I wanted to make a compact bag that is fairly inexpensive and sturdy at the same time. This kit could be a real blessing to all our school children and teachers.

I mentioned on Facebook about this emergency preparedness school kit and received some great comments:

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Scott reminded me that some kids are allergic to peanuts…so if the classroom where your child attends has a no peanut policy obviously you will have to fill your bag w/o out peanut products. A small stuffed animal, games or familiar small toy could comfort a small child until reunited with family.  If you have an MP3 player with a radio could hopefully give some “news” as to the emergency at hand. Cell phones, of course, are fabulous for your kids to have them in the case of any emergency (they can call 911).

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8 thoughts on “Emergency Preparedness School Kit Every One Needs

  • August 5, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    This is a great idea, however kids will not always be able to access their backpacks. I worked in an elementary school for years and when we had a lockdown the teacher and students are required to go to a spot in the classroom away from the door and windows. In some classrooms the cubby area is at one end of the room so you would have to walk past the door to get to the backpacks. In this case you couldn’t get the backpacks due to safety concerns. Also for safety reasons our Middle school students are not allowed to carry backpacks to class. During the day backpacks must remain in their lockers. Because of this, our parent’s groups donate a big box of snack pretzels and a case of water for each classroom for lockdown situations. The teachers keep them where they are handy but out of harms way in case of a lockdown. We had a multi-hour lockdown event which precipitated this snack gift for the classrooms. I suggest checking with the teacher on lockdown rules & location to see if the backpack is accessible, if not maybe check and see if the teacher would accept a gift of snacks for emergency situations.

    • August 6, 2014 at 10:03 am

      Hi Andi, this is why I am soooooo concerned about the kids that will not have food in their desks. I think some classrooms have a sink. Maybe? But do they have cups? Linda

      • August 6, 2014 at 2:44 pm

        Hi Linda
        I totally agree with you on having something extra for them for any situation, it could even be something like them staying staying late because of traffic or weather inhibiting pick-up.
        I would say in our elementary schools 90% of the classrooms have a sink & water fountain. Our HS & MS classrooms don’t. The weird thing is the backpack issue. In the MS you aren’t allowed to carry them, but in HS you are. I don’t understand how it can be a safety reason in one building & not the other. I make sure the boys have water bottles. Also my oldest drives to school now so they have a car kit. As I said we had a multi- hour lockdown in our elementary school which started about 15 minutes before dismissal so many of the kids were hungry. Luckily many of our teachers keep extra snacks on hand and after that incident all the schools got a “donation” of snacks and water bottles for the classrooms.

        • August 6, 2014 at 5:40 pm

          Hi Andi, thanks for your comments. My kids are older and therefore I do not know all the “rules” our government or school districts have set as far as being safe or unsafe. I am glad to hear your oldest drives to school. If their car had a road shutdown then they would hopefully have some food and water until they are able to make their way home. I have heard about the backpacks situation in some schools. I realize those bags are already heavy. I am just very concerned that these kids are comforted, hydrated and fed at least snacks in a lockdown situation if it went on for days. Our country needs some serious mental health training in the homes of families. Love goes a long way……hugs do too! Blessings! Linda

  • August 7, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Linda, I love all of your ideas. You are right about the size and shape of the water pouch, but I was wondering if it needed a straw. Is it something that would need to be finished all at once, or is It a ziplock? I am very nervous this year because my big three will each be at a different school this year which makes it hard to get them quickly in an emergency situation.

    • August 7, 2014 at 11:24 am

      Hi Anne, the water bags have 4.22 ounces. They do not have a straw or a ziplock. They are really for survival. I like them because they have a shelf life of 5 years. They slip easily into a purse or backpack. If you kids are older put 5 or 6 in their backpack. I like them because they do not leak because the bag is pretty heavy duty. You can buy a box of them pretty cheap. I like them for my car as well. I hope this helps you! Blessings, Linda

  • August 13, 2014 at 5:08 am

    Thank you for reminding me about this.. I did it last year but kind of forgot this year when getting her ready.. Thank you so much

    • August 13, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Hi Sandy, I am so glad you saw the post. I remember my grandkids had to put one together after 911. I think they are still very improtant to have for every child. Thanks for stopping by! Linda


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