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Recently, Hurricane Dorian swept through the United States and Canada and left a huge mark on buildings, trees, cars, roadways and more. Now many people think, “that’ll never happen to me,” however, Red Cross points out the absolute importance of being prepared for an emergency. You never know when one day it actually maybe you caught in the throes of a disaster.
How Can You Be Prepared For An Emergency?
Take a minute to think of any disasters that are possible where you live. Are you in a zone that has erratic weather, making you susceptible to hurricanes or tornados? Do you have terrible winters that can lead to blizzards and ice storms? It is especially important to be prepared for those things to happen.
However, it is one thing to keep you safe. It is another when you have a baby or a small child that depends on you for everything. It is SO important to be prepared for them to be well taken care of in an emergency situation. That is why it is recommended to have an emergency kit prepared for your baby in mind too.
What If I Don’t Have Time To Make An Emergency Bag?
If this is how you feel, you are absolutely not alone. Thankfully, there are so many different options built with you in mind. As previously mentioned, think of what kind of emergencies are possible where you live and plan accordingly. Many retailers, like Staples, sells emergency bags. You can also buy them on the Red Cross website. There are also many on Amazon as well.
How To Build An Emergency Preparedness Kit for My Baby
Obviously, first and foremost you need a bag. While a normal diaper bag would absolutely work, a book bag or backpack is a great option because it can go over both shoulders, so you aren’t fatiguing yourself. The weight will be more evenly distributed. If you are in an area prone to flooding, or you just like the extra peace and security, a waterproof book bag is an excellent choice.
Many people suggest putting their emergency items in a plastic or Tupperware bin. This is a great idea, however, a book bag is also recommendable in the event that you need to evacuate your home. (Think for example during the Alberta wildfires.)
Once you have your book bag, you want to first add your diaper bag essentials. This includes:
- Enough diapers for 72 hours
- Diaper rash cream
- Vaseline or baby powder if you use them
- A few extra diaper shirts, pants, and a sweater, hat, and socks
- Baby bottles. (You usually want several in case you can’t clean and sanitize. Another option is using something like Playtex liners. You can then take only one bottle, a few nipples, and liners. It will then take up less space.
- Powdered baby formula. (Even if you’re a breastfeeding mama, I say to include this on the off chance you and your child ever got separated. Say he or she is with the father and not you, or if for whatever reason you aren’t able to breastfeed at the time.)
- Blankets and receiving blankets
- Bottled water. (If it makes your bag to heavy to carry enough water for 72 hours you can carry so much water and toss in purifying tablets.
- Emergency blankets. You can find them here.
- Any medications that the child is on
In addition to these things, you want to have a main emergency kit for your family. This means you need to have enough items for everyone in the family. This includes:
- Enough water for 72 hours
- Food for the family. (Food can be SUPER heavy, so try freeze-dried food, like this!)
- Spare batteries
- Wind up radio
- Power banks for phones
- First-aid supplies
- Emergency blankets and tents
- Fold up tools, like this.
- Can opener
- Waterproof matches
- Dry bags
- An extra change of clothes
- Photocopies of ID’s and other important documents
- Your families emergency contingency plan
Emergency Preparedness for the Car
Especially in harsh winters, it is important as well to have a roadside kit stashed in your car. This can include any of the previously mentioned items, but also:
- Extra blankets
- Roadside flares
- Car emergency kit
- Jumper cables
- A small tool kit
- Tire pressure gauge and a small pump
- Fold up shovels
Of course, this isn’t meant to cause panic. You may live through your entire life without an emergency coming up like this. However, it is always better to be safe than sorry. A little planning beforehand can go a LONG way, and it can even save your life! Therefore, it is worth every ounce of time to plan ahead and prepare your own kits!
What kinds of things do you find helpful in your emergency kits? Comment below!
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