Disaster Prepardness

Sorry it’s been so long since my last post! Let’s just say that life has gotten crazy!!!!! Well, that’s an understatment really, but this is our life as summer begins to wind down! I can’t believe I begin student teaching in a little over a week! It’s intimidating and scary and exciting and overwhelming, and I didn’t know it was possible to feel so many emotions at once. I am really looking forward to it though! I’m going the private school route. There’s a few reasons for this: one is that I didn’t go to a private school and I’m curious, two is that since starting in the education program all of our placements have been public and I want to see the differences. I know that kids will be kids, but I’ve heard the politics that tend to rule in the public schools don’t in the private, and it just makes for a more relaxed enviornment. I guess I’ll find out over the next 16 weeks though won’t I ?!?!?!
Okay, so to the title of this piece. We found ourselves last week in the basement during a really bad storm. The sky was a funky green shade and the really low hanging clouds were just swirling around us. As the sirens started to blare we ran downstairs with the kids and I realized how unprepared we are for any type of disaster: fire, tornado, flood, earthquake (believe it or not we have a fault line that runs right through Cincinnati), terrorist attack, etc. We have nothing prepared. So I started doing some research this week on putting together 72 hour kits. I started making a list of things for the kids and thought I’d share them. If anyone has any suggestions on something I missed let me know. Keep in mind, these are just for the kids. Ours would be a little bit more in depth with first aid kits, food, water, etc.
Brianna’s 72 hour kit:
– 3 changes of clothes including socks, underwear and undershirts (in fall and winter)
– close toed shoes
– hair brush and hair ties/headbands
– hat
– toothpaste/toothbrush
– vitamins
– wash cloth/towel
– soap/shampoo
– Eucerin cream (for her eczema)
– small toys (polly pockets or something similar)
– coloring books/crayons
– books
– sleeping bag/small pillow
– raincoat/poncho
– ID badge with contact info
Jonah’s 72 hour kit:
– 3 changes of clothing including socks
– close toed shoes
– diapers/wipes
– diaper rash ointment
– hat
– jacket
– toothbrush/toothpaste
– vitamins
– soap/shampoo
– wash cloth/towel
– lotion
– extra silkie
– sleeping bag/small pillow
– small toys (cars, animals, etc.)
– books
– ID badge with contact info
That’s what I’ve come up with so far. I don’t know if I’m missing anything but I hope to start working on them soon so I won’t be so panicky any more. I’ll tell you what… this feeling of being unprepared is not one that I like. I encourage you all do the same. There is lots of good info on the internet about making 72 hour kits and disaster plans. I feel strongly that everyone should have one, because you just never know when that swirly cloud might drop down and take your house! Nice thought huh?!?!?!?

5 thoughts on “Disaster Prepardness

  1. Hey I’m really curious what you find out about private schools. I have never had any experience with them, but it would be nice to be educated on how they work. Let me know how it goes.

  2. two comments…I went to both public and private schools and private schools are way better…ask me sometime and I will give my opinion why. I enjoyed them more.The 72 hour kit comment. I put a whistle in both my kids backpacks incase they get seperated from me in a storm, etc. so they can call for me and a wind up flashlight. Just an idea.

  3. Thanks guys for the comments. Snacks are a must so thanks Bethany! And I love the idea about the whistle and the wind up flashlight. Jonah may be a little small still, but it would definately work for Bri so thanks Stacey!!!

  4. I had to add something. My funny memory about 72 hour kits was actually with Anita. We were downstairs in the house on Clover Ridge and we were looking for a space heater (it was cold) and I remember it was the week of the huge Bay Area earthquake in CA. I think that was the same weekend that we had a huge UK game we watched with Chip and he pulled his back out in the driveway trying to shovel snow so I went out and attempted to finish. It was my first time to shovel snow! Anyways, I see all of these backpacks and your mom is like…yeah, these are our 72 hour kids…I mean kits and I was like…well glad to know that if the kids fly away during a tornado that you have some replacements! LOL. I wonder if she remembers that conversation? We sure did laugh alot in those 2 years! LOL.

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