November 13, 2014
Safety Education: Winter Storm kits
With the arrival of winter weather, it's time to
put together some winter storm emergency kits.
First, talk to the children about what they think
might happen during a winter storm; what
emergencies your family might experience.
This will make you aware of their level of
understanding and be able to address their
Next, we will gather some emergency supplies.
Having these items on-hand will save you a lot
of discomfort and trouble when a storm hits.
Here are some basic supplies.
(If you don't have them all now, gather what you
can and make a list of what you still need.)
a 3-day supply of water,
a gallon per person per day
a 3-day supply of non-perishable food
and a manual can opener
(heat & eat food if you'll have a
source of heat to cook)
flashlights and extra batteries,
candles and matches
blankets and warm clothing
or a few Mylar blankets
a NOAA hand-crank weather radio/flashlight
|hand crank weather radio|
a first aid kit
(like we assembled for our class back in Oct.)
a shovel and some Rock Salt
a deck of cards or other non-electric games
This is by no means an extensive list. Each family
should have an ample supply vital to their individual household before a storm hits.
(medications, care items for elderly, infants and pets)
Also, discuss where in your home you can store these
gathered emergency supplies. If an area needs to
be cleaned out to make room, make it a family
project. That way everyone will know where the
supplies are kept!
Have the children calculate the amount of water
and food each person will need for three days.
Make sure your children know how to light an
oil lamp & adjust the wicks if you'll be using them.
Also, make sure your older children know where
the gas cans are kept, how to start a generator, how
to use a fire extinguisher or how to shut off utilities
For all pet owners, be sure to check which emergency
shelters allow pets in case you would ever need to
evacuate. ( have the kids research this online)
Here's a Winter Storm Safety Checklist (pdf)
print-out from the American Red Cross!
Thanks so much for joining our safety class,
see you next week!
Do you keep winter
emergency supplies on hand?
Did I forget anything?
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