Items to Take for Children Evacuating
Sean Brotherson, NDSU Extension Family Science Specialist
Evacuating their home obviously is stressful for children. Plan ahead by packing a disaster supplies kit for each of your children to grab if your family has to evacuate.
For all children
- Medical equipment, and prescription and over-the-counter medications
- Changes of clothes for several days
- A pillow and/or familiar blanket
- Favorite books, toys, hand-held games, music devices, board games, etc., to occupy your child's attention
- Favorite toys or items that provide security, such as a stuffed animal or blanket
- A few favorite personal or family photos
- Toiletry items, such as toothbrush and toothpaste, comb or brush
- A page with identification details about your child (height, weight, hair and eye color, etc.), a photo that shows you with your child, contact names and phone numbers (including cell phone numbers and out-of-state contacts) in case your child gets separated from you
- Formula and/or baby food
- Diapers and baby hygiene items
For older children
- Markers, pens or pencils; paper to occupy time and write or draw what they're experiencing
If there's time, have older children pack their own kits and prioritize what to take. This will help them feel more in control.
Put the items in a backpack or wheeled suitcase that older children can carry.
Remind children that you'll take care of them and they'll be safe.