This week we are going to be focusing on gathering for our emergency kits:
Now that we’ve got many of our most basic needs in our kits (first aid items, food/water, personal hygiene, etc) it’s time to start thinking about some of the things we may not see as a necessity, but that can make a HUGE difference in how an emergency plays out in your family.
A tragic situation can become manageable when we receive a little bit of comfort: A hug, an encouraging word, a favorite song, a cuddly toy, and yes, perhaps even our favorite comfort food. These things can turn a frown upside down, can’t they? Even if temporarily.
Head to the dollar store and get a small stuffed animal to put in your child’s kit, or even in yours! (Or simply grab one from your house and stick it in.) What are some of your favorite foods? Is there a non-perishable version? Think small pieces of candy, beef jerky, crackers, etc. Perhaps you could include a small, soft piece of cloth or a small soft blanket. Anything that you can think of that will fit, and that will provide comfort.
Of course, don’t fill your kits up with the comfort stuff first. Always make sure your basic needs will be met, and then supplement away with some of these fun, comfort-providing items.
Until next week…