Emergency Supply Kit for AbilityPath Families
The recent earthquakes and hurricanes on the east coast and the 10 year anniversary of 9-11 makes National Preparedness Month this year that more poignant.
Every family should create and be familiar with their family disaster plan, which includes an evacuation plan. You should also have an emergency supply kit for your home, office, and car. All families have the same basic requirements, but if your child has special needs you need to consider additional supplies they may require.
Miss Fancy Pants, an AbilityPath member and mom, recently wrote a blog entry about her whirlwind experience going through a massive blackout with her son. Learn how how she survived thanks to the power of flashlights!
Authorities suggest preparing to take care of your needs for at least three days.
1 Gallon Per Person Per Day
Ready to eat or requiring minimal water
- Can Opener
Along with other cooking utensils and feeding supplies
Make sure to include batteries for hearing aids, wheelchairs, and any other adaptive devices your child must use.
- First Aid Kit
Include several days supplies of any medications your child is taking
- Important documents
Include a list of important phone numbers (your child’s doctors) in a note pad. Also, keep a list of the type and serial numbers of medical devices you need, prescriptions, and insurance information. If there is a need for routine medical treatments provided at a clinic, talk to the service provider about their emergency plans.
Include some warm items and rain gear
- Heavy work gloves
- Disposable camera
- Unscented liquid household bleach and an eyedropper
This is for water purification.
- Personal hygiene items
Include toilet paper, pull ups, feminine supplies, hand sanitizer and soap
- Plastic sheeting, duct tape and utility knife
This is for covering broken windows
A crowbar, hammer & nails, staple gun, adjustable wrench and bungee cords.
- Blanket or sleeping bag
- Large heavy duty plastic bags and a plastic bucket
This is for waste and sanitation
- Extra pair of prescription glasses
- Additional Medical Supplies
Include extra supplies that your child may need such as catheters or oxygen
- Social Story
Prepare a social story to help your child get through a natural disaster. Click here (hyperlink to social story) for a sample.
Communication boards, manipulative toys and other items to keep children occupied and focused help during times of uncertainty.
- Pet Supplies
Food for guide or companion dogs
www.72hours.org – Are You Prepared?