Preparing for the School Year: Must-Have Items for Preppers
As the school year approaches, it’s important for preppers to not only prepare themselves but also their children for any potential emergencies that may arise. While many parents are focused on buying new school supplies and backpacks, prepper parents have a different set of priorities. In this blog post, we will discuss some must-have items for preppers to ensure their children are prepared for any situation that may occur during the school year.
Emergency Communication Device
One of the most important items for preppers to have is an emergency communication device. Whether it’s a cell phone, a two-way radio, or a satellite phone, having a way to communicate with your child during an emergency is crucial. Make sure to teach your child how to use the device and develop a communication plan in case of an emergency.
My 2 Cents:
It’s not enough to just have an emergency communication device, make sure to regularly check that it’s in working order and keep it fully charged at all times.
Every prepper should have an emergency kit, and this applies to children as well. Create a mini emergency kit for your child to keep in their backpack. Some essential items to include are:
– Water: Pack a small bottle of water or a water purification straw.
– Snacks: Non-perishable snacks such as granola bars or dried fruit.
– First Aid Supplies: Band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and any necessary medications.
– Whistle: A whistle can be used to attract attention in case of an emergency.
– Emergency Blanket: These compact and lightweight blankets can provide warmth in cold conditions.
– Flashlight: A small flashlight with extra batteries.
– Multipurpose Tool: A mini multi-tool with a knife, screwdriver, and other useful tools.
My 2 Cents:
Teach your child how to use the items in their emergency kit and go over the importance of each item with them. It’s also a good idea to periodically check the kit to ensure that all items are still in good condition and have not expired.
Knowledge and Skills
In addition to having the right tools and supplies, it’s important to equip your child with the knowledge and skills they need to handle emergency situations. Teach them basic first aid skills, such as how to stop bleeding, perform CPR, and treat minor injuries. Additionally, consider enrolling your child in a first aid or emergency preparedness course specifically designed for children.
My 2 Cents:
Encourage your child to take an active interest in emergency preparedness by involving them in discussions and decision-making processes. This will not only empower them but also help them develop a sense of responsibility for their own safety.
School Emergency Plan
Find out if your child’s school has an emergency plan in place. If they do, familiarize yourself with the plan and discuss it with your child. Make sure your child knows what to do in different emergency scenarios, such as a fire, earthquake, or lockdown. If a plan isn’t currently in place, consider talking to school administrators and advocating for the development of a comprehensive emergency plan.
My 2 Cents:
Regularly review the school emergency plan with your child and make any necessary adjustments based on their age and abilities. Practice drills at home to reinforce the plan and ensure your child is prepared.
During an emergency, children may feel scared or anxious. Having comfort items in their backpack can help calm their nerves and provide a sense of security. This can include a family photo, a small stuffed animal, or a favorite book. By having these items, your child will have something familiar to hold onto during stressful situations.
My 2 Cents:
Make sure the comfort items are small and lightweight, so they don’t add unnecessary weight to your child’s backpack. Also, periodically swap out the comfort items for new ones to keep them fresh and meaningful.
Preparing your child for the school year requires more than just buying school supplies. As a prepper, it’s important to prioritize their safety and equip them with the necessary tools, knowledge, and skills to handle emergencies. By having an emergency communication device, an emergency kit, teaching them first aid skills, familiarizing them with the school emergency plan, and providing comfort items, you can ensure your child is prepared for any situation that may arise during the school year.
Remember, it’s not just about preparation, but also about instilling confidence and a sense of empowerment in your child.