What’s the Golden Rule for Back to School?

by SKHC Editor on August 25, 2010

According to the American Red Cross (ARC) being prepared for emergencies is the new golden rule for having a great school year. In addition to the traditional back to school shopping list items of pens, paper and whatnot the ARC encourages you to have components that make up an emergency preparedness kit.

An emergency preparedness kit can be as tailored to specific situations as you want it to be or the end all and be all of first aid kits. At the minimum the ARC suggests your keep these basic supplies in an easy to carry container or bag.

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multipurpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items (hand sanitizer, tampons, pads, etc.)
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area

This may sound like a lot but essentially it’s really not. Many of the items are compact and can easily all be stored in a cool backpack.

Last but not least make a plan and be informed. In case of an emergency discuss with your family a communications plan as well as two meeting places. Make sure someone in your household is not only trained in first aid and CPR but knows how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) too.

Source: redcross.org

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