When disaster strikes...
When disaster strikes it takes us out of our normal routine and as parents we know that children thrive best when they have daily routines. Here are some safety tips and reminders on how to prepare your little ones to keep them safe during the storm and the aftermath.
Preparing the essentials:
Water: 1 gallon per day per person for a two week supply.
Food: Non-perishable items for older children such as cereal, protein bars, peanut butter and jelly, canned soups, canned meat, fruit and single served drinks are good items to have stocked before the storm. Remember to check your supply of baby food and formula for infants. Paper cups, plates, napkins and utensils are also essential.
Entertainment: Include books, drawing pads, paper, crayons, board games, toys, any electronics that have favorite movies or tv shows downloaded. Extra batteries (stored separately) and chargers.
Clothing: A good pair of walking shoes or boots. Extra socks, rain ponchos, hats. Sleeping bags and blankets. A good pair of long pants and long sleeve shirts to protect against contaminated water and insects. Diapers and plenty of wipes as they can have multipurpose use.
Communication plan: Create a family contact card. Teach your older children how to remain calm during an emergency and
• How/when to call 911
• How to call the family contact if they become separated
• How to memorize their address and your number(s)
• Consider having this information printed on a “safety tattoo” or id bracelets. Non-toxic washable markers could be used as well. Write or stick the information on areas such as the forearm, upper arm or belly.
Hygiene: Baby wipes and hand sanitizer are two great items to have around. Keep a small bag of other toiletries such as: soap, lotion, toothpaste, toilet paper. Keep extra water for cleaning/rinsing purposes. Always keep liquids and medications labeled and stored in child proof containers.
Medical Emergencies: If your child has a chronic medical illness remember to have their prescription medications and supplies packed in a waterproof container. Also consider emailing yourself a picture of their updated prescriptions, immunization records and health insurance cards. Be familiar with the three closest medical facilities near your home and the closest facility in the next town. If you are physically unable to have your child evaluated during the storm but still have a medical question you can schedule a virtual health visit from the convenience of your home with a Pediatrician by visiting rowedocs.com
First Aid Kit Essentials for Kids
1. Prescription medications
2. Pain relief such as Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen. Hydrocortisone or Benadryl cream for itching relief. Neosporin for cuts.
3. Tweezers, small magnifying glass for removing splinters. Scissors for cutting bandages.
4. Old credit card to remove scrape off ticks (don’t use tweezers).
5. Ace bandages, gauzes, tape, band-aids and alcohol wipes.
6. Insect repellent. Sunscreen.
7. Water bottle to clean out wounds. Ice packs.
8. Bottle of Gatorade for nausea/vomiting symptoms.
9. A towel, wash cloths to make compresses.
10. Safety pin, Popsicle sticks, Piece of cardboard. Items that can be used to splint an injured finger or limb.
11. Poison Help Line: 1-800-222-1222
• Don’t allow kids to play in standing or moving water.
• Water may be contaminated and/or infested with wildlife.
• Do not play near storm drains.
• Keep bathroom doors closed when tubs are filled with clean water. Keep lids on buckets of water.
• Watch for live wires and other power sources when near water.
• Use flashlights over candles when possible. Keep all heat sources out of reach.
• Don’t leave cars running in any closed space where carbon monoxide can collect.
• Keep all cleaning supplies and tools out of reach.
• Have flashlights, whistles, rope, rain boots, ponchos, spare keys. Baby carrier/wrap.
• Have identification and other important documents in a water proof container.
Author: Dr. Catricia Tilford M.D. (Pediatrician)