Disaster Preparedness Week - Day 7
Day 7 - Special Needs, Children, and Pets
Congratulations, you have made it to Day 7 of Disaster Preparedness Week!
Today’s content is essential if you fall into these categories and good to share with friends if you do not. What we are going over is having separate go-bag(s) that are geared to special needs, children, and pets.
Do you have an Infant or toddler in your home? If so then you need to prepare a bag that is good for a minimum of three days. Here are some items to keep in the bag.
- Formula and water - These items will expire and you should set up a schedule for swapping out these items.
- Bottle - You can add any other items that your child needs for eating or drinking as well.
- Diapers and wipes - Kids grow fast, so set a reminder to swap the diapers out every few months.
- All-weather clothing - Same advice here. Kids grow so fast. Be sure to change out the clothes in the bag once a quarter.
Does anyone in your family have any special needs? These could be family members with disabilities, mobility restrictions, or other functional limitations. If so, this is unique to each household so we are going to hold off on providing a checklist for this task. Just take stock of what you need as a family and make sure that you have a minimum of three days of essential supplies you need.
You should prepare a bag specifically for pets if there are any in your home. Supplies for pets can go forgotten in an evacuation and spending time to collect them can be dangerous. Here is a list of items to collect (add or remove items to fit your pets).
- An unopened bag of food - The goal is to have three days of food. Having more is a great idea since pet food is not as easy to find but keep weight in mind. You need to be able to pick up the go-bag on your own.
- Water - The amount of water in your kit will depend on the size of your pet and the weight of the water. If you have a water filter in your emergency kit then you can get away with having less water. Just be sure to have enough for the car ride to evacuate.
- Small bowl(s) for feeding - Collapsible or stackable bowls are ideal to save space.
- Pet waste bags - Lets not add to a bad situation by leaving pet waste behind.
Now that you have your additional go-bags, please place them with your personal items go-bag Day 4). Keeping all of your survival gear in one place will help speed up your evacuation and will get you to that magic number of 5 minutes.
Tomorrow, we are going to post a bonus day to preparedness week. We will go through what an evacuation would look like, now that you are prepared, to help illustrate just how valuable these steps are in the face of an emergency.