Emergency Supply Kit for AbilityPath Families

emergency-kitThe 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.

  • suppliesWater
    1 Gallon Per Person Per Day
  • Food
    Ready to eat or requiring minimal water
  • Can Opener
    Along with other cooking utensils and feeding supplies
  • Batteries
    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.
  • Clothes
    Include some warm items and rain gear
  • Heavy work gloves
  • Disposable camera
  • Unscented liquid household bleach and an eyedropper
    This is for water purification.

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  • 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
  • Tools
    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.
  • Activities/Toys
    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

Resources:
www.72hours.org – Are You Prepared?
http://72hours.org/build_kit.html

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