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School Emergency and Disaster Kits for Kids and Students – Prepping for Non-Preppers #BetterPrepared

School Emergency and Disaster Kits for Kids and Students – Prepping for Non-Preppers #BetterPrepared


hey there did you just get your school
supply list and look down for emergency supplies and realize that if they’ve
been completely missed or the totality of emergency cly’s supplies was a ziploc
bag a juice box and a bag of fish crackers well for most of us that are
thinking about emergencies that is not gonna cut it so stay tuned and I’m going
to show you the kit that I made for my kids that they take with them to school
that they take with them to friends houses and can be kind of a baseline for
you to build your own kit or modify it for your own kids so stay tuned and
check out the video next hey everybody welcome back to Jeff Kinney dispatch I’m
Casey and today we are going to talk about a topic that I am really really
excited about I get asked about this quite frequently and the topic is
emergency kits for kids specifically as we start to head into the fall emergency
kids for kids to take to school we’re going to talk about why or I’m gonna
talk about why I put one together and then also what I put in mind why I put
what I put in it for the kids how you might want to modify and change it
customize it and and kind of what you might want to think about as you are
putting something like this together so stay tuned and we are going to jump into
it right now so why did I make an emergency kit for my kids and why might
you want to make an emergency kit for your kids well there are several reasons
I’m gonna talk on the the three that kind of stood out to me
so first is when we started going to our school we go to a charter school we go
to a commuter school it’s not close by our house when we started going there
and talked to the principal at the time there was no real emergency plan in
place at all there was some rough plans but there were no supplies there were no
water bottles for the kids there was no food plan that there was nothing really
and so I spent some time with the principal trying to get some of those
plans in place so the school as a whole would start to have plans what I
recognized from that is is that worst case scenario I wanted to my child to at
least have something so I wanted to make a kit that they could have so
if they were waiting for us to get there they would at least have something they
would have something to eat they would maybe have something to keep
warm but they would have some basic supplies until we got there the second
reason that I made a kid was a lot of schools in our area and a lot of schools
other places will send home a list of emergency supplies along with their
school supply list so you get your pencils and you get your notebooks on
all of that and then there’s also a list of things usually that they want in a
gallon ziplock bag that will stay at the school and usually that’ll stay in a
bucket in the classroom or it’s supposed to stay in your child’s backpack our
school didn’t have a list like that our school still doesn’t have a list like
that so what I wanted to do was to put together a kit based on some of the
lists that I had seen some of the things that I think are specific to being at a
commuter school that maybe a neighborhood school wouldn’t necessarily
need to consider so that we would have something even though there wasn’t a
specific list that the kids would have something specifically for them the
third reason that I made these kits is because they don’t just go to school it
started out that that was really where they would go when when my wife and I
weren’t with them and so making a kit kind of tried to expand the blanket of
safety that we were trying to put together with our supplies at home and
supplies in cars and things like that and so the kit allowed that to kind of
extend to where they were at school what I realized was they go lots other places
they go to friends houses they go to classes and so having an emergency kit
that’s only for school doesn’t necessarily help them in any of those
other places and if I’ve got to put a kid together I would rather make it a
kit that they can use multiple places then have it be something that’s
specific for school and then I’ve got to make another kit in another kit in
another kit so this kit is really designed to kind of go in their backpack
when they go to school it’s designed to go in a backpack if they go to a
friend’s house it’s designed to go in a backpack when they go to a class or a
lesson or something like that but kind of wherever they go this is a kit that
can travel with them as well so they have a base level of supplies just like
when we go anywhere when we are in the Arwen we’ve got I’ve got one of my bags
with me we always have some level of supplies with us and so this makes sure
that when we’re not with them they at least have something all right so let’s
talk about the kit so the first thing is the pouch a lot of people will a lot of
schools say you as a ziplock bag that’s totally fine I wanted something that was
a little bit more durable something that could go from from backpack say backpack
something that would add relieve some room for adding more things have a
little bit of structure and organization to it so I chose a Maxpedition pouch
Maxpedition makes awesome pouches I have several different versions of this pouch
I usually use their EDC pouch for my own things and that goes in my laptop bag
and and goes between other areas this is the beefy pouch they have great names
this is the beefy pouch there is also a fatty pouch organizer which is slightly
smaller it’s in-between the EDC and this one I initially thought that’s the one
that would fit the best but this actually gave me a little bit more room
so this is the one that I’m going to go with as you can see it’s nylon it’s
water-resistant it’s got some pockets in the front that
are velcro it has a Velcro stickum area here where you can actually take either
a name or you could put an identifying mark of some sort and put the patch on
here for most of our bags I have a fighting duct patch that I have on it so
that I can identify our bags at a distance so you could do something
similar to that it also has a handle at the top so when we talk about putting
them in backpacks I usually put this in kind of the middle pocket of my child’s
backpack and then if I need to get it out or if they need to get it out they
can just use this handle and pull it out really easily you don’t need to dig
around very much it’s got double zippers which is super helpful because then you
can actually open the entire thing up as opposed to just opening the top and
digging in and as I said this is definitely like an organizer and there’s
a lot of stuff in here so having the ability to lay it down
and unzip it like this to then open it up is going to make life a lot easier
for for you and your child in that emergency situation okay so let’s talk
about what’s actually inside the pouch so the first thing that’s in the pouch
is food so I picked these PowerBar builder bars mostly because they have 20
grams of protein in each bar so if the kids needed to eat this especially
because they’re little I mean these are are pretty significant meal replacement
snack options so having a couple of these they can eat through those and by
the time they’ve eaten through them we will probably be – wherever they are as
opposed to just putting in some crackers or like an applesauce a those can spill
or crunch or make a huge mess inside the pouch if they get open but also there’s
not a lot of protein in there so yeah they’ll eat it but they’re gonna get
hungry again really soon after so I would highly encourage you to find
something that’s high in protein make it a taste test we did a taste test I
bought a bunch of different flavors and let the kids pick which flavor they
liked and then we also put those in all the cars so not only do they get to pick
their flavor that was in there their emergency bag but they also got to pick
kind of what was gonna be in our cars so they had stuff that they really liked
the next thing that’s in the pouch is about lighting so I have a couple of
things around lighting one is these little snap snap light glow lights so
these are the the lights that you take it out you crack them and they
illuminate so these are great because they last for a really long time and
they glow which makes a visibility really great you’re not going to
necessarily be able to do a ton of reading or see really in front of you a
whole lot but it will give you a little bit of light and it will let people know
where you are so having one of these for your kids is going to be great
especially if there’s a crowd of people and you want to be able to see them the
other thing is a headlamp so you can also go with a flashlight a
standard baton style flashlight I chose a headlamp so that the kids can actually
put it on and have of their hands available to do whatever
they needed to do whether it’s play with friends or whether it’s you know hold
you know God forbid us to hold like a medical dressing on or something like
that I don’t want to have to their hands to
be already committed to something when they can really easily have a headlamp
they can see where they’re going and they’ll see where they’re walking and
this is the Coleman divide so what’s really cool about this headlamp is it
actually separates apart I’m not sure if you can see that but the the battery
compartment is in one side and the lights and the other and so with a
normal headlamp you would put the batteries in and they would kind of
already be active in the lamp and so they would degrade over time they would
rust out they would corrode and you would really want to probably store your
batteries separately in this case the divide lets you pop this apart and then
the batteries actually are just sitting in a case they’re not actively touching
the the light so you could put your your batteries in here as my kids have gotten
older I take the batteries out and store them separately but if you have a
younger child who maybe can’t use their fingers and get in and operate the
battery compartments and stuff using this to kind of keep the batteries
active and make it so they don’t have to worry about it would be a great option
so when it comes to signaling having a whistle is really important I have these
kind of slim line yellow whistles for each of the kids what is nice is that
they don’t have the kind of the bubble and the PIA at the bottom so they don’t
make a lot of noise and rattle when you’re when you’re walking but they also
take up less space in the bag and the pouch they’re bright yellow so they’re
gonna be easier to see if your child is holding on to them if they’re attached
to the pouch and so they’re holding on to it with the pouch they can see it but
they are super loud so you they people will be able to hear this at distance
which if your child is separated or lost or something like that this will
definitely help bring people’s attention to where they are since we don’t really
know what the weather is gonna be like I’m including one of these sole
emergency blankets again I have these and a lot of different kits you
have seen them before in some of the other videos these are really great
because they’re a little more durable than your standard mylar blankets that
you might get on Amazon that are super cheap they’re really flimsy and they can
tear really easily the this is a little more durable you could also use this
almost like as a tent you can use it as a blanket you can use it in a variety of
different ways and for a child this is this is meant for an adult so for a
child you may be able to get two kids under this or three kids under this as
opposed to a single child with maybe a smaller blanket it’s also great because
it’s orange and silver so there’s an orange side and a silver side so the
orange side is again gonna be something that’s gonna be great for identifying
your group or if identifying your child from a signaling perspective aside from
just the standard mylar that that you might see so these are really great
they’re great for rain they’re great for snow they’re great for cold they’re
great for shade so this is just an all-around great option so I’d make sure
I have to DSN in each of their kits so from a first-date perspective there’s
only a couple things i included in the kit I don’t intend for this to be a
first aid kit wherever my child is likely has a larger first aid kit that
is designed for some sort of a major injury so I wanted to just have
something that would basically make it so that they could take care of the
smaller things themselves and not have to go bother the medical tent or whoever
is doing triage to take care of a cut or a scrape so what I included were a
couple of just standard size bandages and you can include them some of them
have like an antibacterial ointment already included in them some are just
standard these are just standard because that’s what we had you know if you want
to get the antibacterial ones that would be great because then your kids would
need something like that to include separately it’s just a bonus for the
bandage and then the other thing I included were these baby Ganic
alcohol-free sanitizing wipes so what’s great about this is that they are
alcohol-free so if you have sensitive skin or you just don’t like the sting of
alcohol this will do antibacterial and and
sanitize as well you can use it for a cut or a scrape but you could also use
it for example from a sanitation perspective if you need to go to the
bathroom there may not be actually like great facilities to go to the bathroom
there might not be you know soap and water and things like that
so having something like this to wash your hands with is gonna be at least
better than nothing so I included these so they have a couple of options also
they come in these little individual packs so you can get a big bag on Amazon
and you can put a few packages in the kids kits you can put a few packs in
your backpack so you can put some in the car and kind of spread that investment
out as opposed to buying something specifically for just this kit so really
really love these we live in the northwest and for us rain is always a
consideration for more days than its not so I included these kid Poncho’s in each
of the bags so the idea is that if it’s really raining hard they could put this
on it’ll be it’s plastic it’ll protect them and keep them dry from that and
then they can use the blanket you know neither maybe as like a bigger shelter
if they get a rip in the poncho they can transition to the blanket but then this
becomes kind of their primary waterproofing method and the blanket
becomes more about more about heat or shade or shelter so they kind of can use
these either but I’ve told them you know ponchos first and then then go to the
blanket so a couple last things so one is Sharpie having some sort of a pen
that they can write with whether they need to write their name whether they
need to write down an address whether they need to write down information
having something that they can write with is gonna be really important I like
sharpies because they you’ll write on anything and they’re not it’s not going
to rub off or wipe off like a ballpoint pen might or some of the the types of
inks that are in certain pens might wipe off or run off sharpies gonna stay and
it’ll write on anything with the felt tip as opposed to a ballpoint where
depending on the type of paper you have or what you’re trying to write
that may be more difficult so this is a really a must
and then also some cash this is one of those things that you kind of go back
and forth on but if they need to buy a bottle of water if they’re walking home
with friends and they need to get something if they’re with a friend maybe
they’re at a friend’s house and something happens and they want to buy a
snack for themselves or something having some emergency money is always a good
thing I think I put put $10 in their bag in in $1 bills I didn’t want to put any
big bills and I don’t want to put a ton of money in there I don’t want them to
be a target I don’t want them to have a ton of disposable cash with them at any
given time because they might lose this whole kit but if they did need to have
some sort of cash because they’re not with us I want to make sure that they
have a way to buy things if they needed to so one of the things that I put in
the kit that is I would say probably kind of controversial is I got each of
my children a emergency cell phone and I’m gonna do a separate video on kind of
why and what it what’s in it and how you do it and and why I chose the ones that
I did but if a cell tower goes down if the cell towers are working then they
can use this to call us so if they’re at a friend’s house and it’s not an
emergency but they’re just scared or whatever they can always call us there
are a certain number of minutes on the phone every month that they can use if
they want to but also I’ve programmed in pictures of family I’ve put in addresses
with offline maps so in case they the cell towers did go down they would
actually have some information at their fingertips that they could use to either
reunite with us to help people reunite them with us or if cell towers are up
but they’re still stranded at school they can still send text messages they
can send calls and and video chats or whatever is is available they can use so
I have one of these for each of them and then in their emergency kits
have a charger so this will charge the phone at least once maybe one and a half
times depending and a charger cable so you don’t want to have a phone that goes
dead in the middle of a disaster or right off the bat from a disaster so
making sure that if you’re gonna have something like a like a phone for your
kid that you have a charging device that will get them through a few hours just
like with the headlamp you want to make sure that you have a couple of extra
batteries that are available so if they run out of power they can they can swap
those out water is one of those tricky things when it comes to emergency kits
for kids and I’m gonna tell you why you will think it’s pretty straightforward
but for us our kids are required to have a water bottle like a stainless steel
water bottle with them in class all the time and they keep it full and they
drink it throughout the day so that is kind of their main source of water they
also now at the school have backup water bottles so I have not included a water
bottle specifically in this kit because that’s something that they have a couple
of different methods to get while they are at you know while they’re waiting
for us but you can always put an extra water bottle in their backpack you can
especially if they’re going to a friend’s house or something you can put
an extra water bottle in their backpack it’s not going to take up a lot of space
it’s probably not going to fit great in the pouch so I wouldn’t include it in
the pouch also if this pops or leaks or anything you don’t want this to ruin
everything that’s in the pouch but it definitely wouldn’t hurt to include it
but I haven’t included it specifically in the pouch for those reasons so that’s
going to wrap it up for today’s video going through the emergency kits that I
have put together for my kids please remember this is what works for us and
this is just a suggestion I wanted to to give you guys a view into what I’ve put
together and why I’ve put it together and I want you to take that I want you
to make it yours I want you to modify it for your kids for their ages for their
needs based on their school based on how prepared their school and your family
are you know every every kid is gonna be
different every kid is gonna be different and you want to make sure that
the kit that goes with your kid is customized for them so thanks again for
joining us if you have any questions if you have things that you think should go
in a kit that that we didn’t include here please leave the suggestions in the
comments down below we’re always looking for new and great ideas stay tuned
because we’re going to do a couple more videos around school as as we get closer
to the beginning of school so make sure you hit the subscribe button so you’ll
be notified and thanks again for joining us and we will see you next week thanks
bye bye

5 thoughts on “School Emergency and Disaster Kits for Kids and Students – Prepping for Non-Preppers #BetterPrepared”

  1. Great informational video. I am looking forward to hearing more about the cell phones in your future video! Thanks for sharing your knowledge, especially relating to prepping with/for kiddos. I have 4 and have always struggled with finding a balance between being prepared and loading them down with too many extra items. Your video is a good reminder of what is truly necessary.

  2. I very much enjoyed your video and information. I love learning something new. I also appreciate the links to the products you recommend. I think your school bag is well thought out and doesn't feel foreboding like so many preppers communicate. Your children are obviously familiar with it as well. Great idea about the cell phone. I'll get my techy husband to do something like that for the extras we have lying around.

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