Children are what guarantees our future and the continuity of our species. Being prepared for a disaster is something we all seek, but our children know what to do if anything happens? Do they also understand the plans you have for say, an evacuation? Do they have a getaway backpack?
Obviously most kids won’t be able to load even half of what an adult carries, but they can take some things. A backpack made specially for them can be of great help, moreover it is a great way to teach them about preparing and wrapping them in the ideology sobre vivencialista.
There is a huge difference between what a 2 year old and another 8 year old needs and is able to upload, so let’s separate this text by sessions. Each session has the specific needs and abilities of each age, but understand that perhaps your child does not fit in any of them, this is just a suggestion.
0–2 years: Children in this age bracket will not be able to do a lot of things alone. When you pack a backpack for them, it will be included in your backpack. Clean clothes, footwear, caps, caps, scarves, diapers, moisturizing creams, water and even a charger for the child. Make sure you have everything your child will need for at least 3 days, if not more. Also take with you small toys, the journey will be stressful and you need to keep the children entertained. Food is something very tricky to bring to children in this age group, the advantage is that the child can survive only with breast milk if the mother has sufficient nutrients. The last thing to consider is to have an N95 mask to filter the particles from the air and the dust that you might face. Once the backpack is ready you need to check it monthly, at this age children grow scary fast;
3–5 years: This age range can already carry a lightweight backpack. Make sure you have a backpack that is made for children to carry. Put them to help you choose what to put in the backpack. Include items like clothing, 3 pairs of socks, 3 pairs of underwear, extra footwear, gloves, toothbrush, soap, handkerchiefs, flashlight, emergency blanket, canteen and something. A child in this age range needs approximately 1.3 litres of water per day and 6 small meals, including snacks. However, the child’s water must be charged in his backpack. Your child should also own an N95 mask, some toys and stuff to draw. The last and most important thing your child should have is an identification. An updated family focus, your name, parents ‘ name, address, phone, and emergency contacts. You can put this on a piece of paper and then emplastificá it. This paper should go inside some backpack pocket, do not put in the main pocket because it can be tipped accidentally. Teach your children how to use this feature and teach them how to cope with strangers. A good hint is to teach that if they are separated from you they should seek another woman, preferably one that is with children. Never a policeman or a firefighter (anyone can buy a uniform).
6–12 years: This age is great to teach your children how to become sobrevivencialistas. Involve them in the process of assembling their escape backpack, teach why each item is being selected and how they can be used. Also make sure that the clothes are still serving every two months. In this age bracket children need to have at least 2.4 litres of water per day and 4 meals. Include a water purification system and fire-initiators in their kit. A knife can come in handy, too, if the child knows how to handle it. For children at this age, a map of your area can be a good tool. Don’t forget the identification we talk about in the above session, remember to put a picture where the child is appearing, they may have to prove that they are really their sons in a crisis situation. Put some toys to keep them occupied too.
Extra Suggestions for Items for a Children’s Escape Backpack:
- Extra clothes
- 3 Pairs of socks
- 3 pairs of underwear
- Extra Footwear
- A soap in the plastic bag
- Wet wipes
- Area Map
- Identification papers/Family photo
- Reusable water bottle
- Water filtration system (make sure children know how to use)
- Foods/snacks like biscuits, fruits, cereal bars and similar
- Head Lantern
- Emergency blanket
- Small medical kit
- N95 Mask
- Paper and Pen
When it comes to children, we will never be “very” prepared. It is important not to exclude your children from the preparation, devote time to teach them. You’ll be glad you did.
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