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Get Your Children Ready- Part 2, by Save Your Ace

There are plenty of books on pregnancy, the birthing process, parenting, and raising healthy and well adjusted children. But how do you get your toddler or young children ready for an extended evacuation? With millions of families forced to flee their homes due to a variety of disasters, both natural and man-made, children in these situations are left confused, scared, and unprepared for the evacuation.

As a reader of this website, you don’t need me to lay out all of the many ways the Shumer could hit the fan in your personal life. You have probably thought through different disasters that could affect you personally, and you have planned for them. However, most Americans have not.

In part 1, I went over the first step to getting your children ready for a disaster or evacuation, which is acknowledging that it could happen. Mental preparation requires planning and practice. Part of your practice may involve your child grabbing or carrying his/her pre-prepared bug-out-bag (BoB) or evacuation pack (Evac Pack).

Putting Together An Evac Pack

Most people reading this site have a bug-out-bag. However, in an evacuation situation, you generally will not have to live off the land for 72 hours on your own. It is entirely possible that you could have to in a SHTF scenario. However, in the vast majority of non-SHTF evacuations you will be sheltering at a friend’s or relative’s house or maybe at a government site set up for evacuees. Keep that in mind when making a bug-out-bag, or possibly have a second Evac Pack for evacuation purposes.

For the purpose of making your children an Evac Pack, I will assume that you (the adult) will have a tent and other survival equipment for the family as a whole (if necessary).

Evac Pack Criteria For Young Child

Below are the evac pack criteria we need to satisfy for a young child. A child’s pack should be:

  1. Lightweight so child is able to carry it,
  2. Able to meet basic needs,
  3. Visible,
  4. Age appropriate, and
  5. Personal.

Child’s Evac Pack Item Goals

The items I recommend for every child’s bag will help you accomplish the following goals:

Child’s Items To Help You “Stay Together”

The following items are items I recommend for your child’s pack to help you stay together:

Child’s Items To Help Them “Stay Safe”

I recommend the following items in their evac pack to help your child stay safe:

Child’s Items to Help You All “Stay Sane”

The following items are recommended for your child’s evac pack to help them stay sane:

Personal Items

Having your child help finish out their bags with personal items will give them a sense of ownership and help increase their feeling of safety and control, should a disaster strike. A basic list to get you started includes:

Add any other items specific to your child and your region. Are you in a hurricane or flood zone? Maybe you need inflatable floaties [18] or a life jacket. Do you live in a wild fire zone? Consider a N-95 mask [19]. Remember you are making this personalized for your child and your potential evacuation scenario.

Practice Using Your Packs and Get Used to Walking

The first thing you need to do after putting together your children’s pack is to make sure they know how to use all of the components. It does them no good to have items in there that they don’t understand or aren’t able to use. After they have mastered turning on the flashlight, blowing the whistle, and learning what the space blanket does, it is time to practice using the items they have in different scenarios.

Camping

Have a “blackout” night. Go camping and bring the packs along for some real world use. Quiz them on the numbers they are supposed to know, or go through a scenario with them every week. Tell the younger children a story with “make believe” characters about scenarios you envision you may have to go through. Then when it happens you can say, “Remember when The Black Knight/Princess/Elves had to do this?”

Getting Used to Walking and Hiking

You don’t know how the roads will be where you are going, or if cars will be usable at your evacuation destination. You may have to walk a lot more than you are used to. Getting yourself and your kids used to walking and hiking could save your back and leave you energy for more important tasks. If your child is too small or young to walk on their own, make sure you have a carrier with your Evac Packs and use it regularly.

Summary

Integrating preparedness into your lives can make a disaster scenario less shocking for you and less scary for your children. When you have thought about, practiced, and prepared for different disaster scenarios, you acquire peace of mind. This will at the very least help you sleep better at night, and it could save you and your children’s lives. Let this article be a starting point to getting yourself and your children better prepared. If you are lucky and never use this information in real life, at least you got to have some fun with your kids.

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#1 Comment By Roger D On December 12, 2018 @ 3:23 pm

This was a great series on a subject which often gets overlooked. Well done!

#2 Comment By Sis On December 12, 2018 @ 4:49 pm

Children depend on you, the parent for their security. Their obedience to and trust in you would be invaluable. Train them while very young to come and obey. But don’t scare your young child about possible scary scenarios. Little children live in the “now” it is up to us to guide and protect them. They make little wrist “leashes” that will allow your children to move around and still be very near you. I used them on my 3 young children when i had to take them and my baby through a large and busy airport. I would suggest that one of the most important things to take for a young child would be it s ” security blanket/ toy. Making time to camp or hike could be helpful but i would do it as “fun”. I don’t believe you should raise children in a “fear” based home.

#3 Comment By Vox Lib On December 12, 2018 @ 8:51 pm

IMO, one of the most important things is teaching kids to be QUIET. Maybe not an issue for readers here, but a huge problem for the general public. I can’t count the number of times I have been in a store and a toddler lets out a piercing, high-pitch, high-volume shriek at the top of their lungs. Often repeatedly. It’s so loud it hurts my ears.

These kids are not in pain or anything like that; apparently they do it for fun. And the parents don’t seem to care that their kid is assaulting the eardrums of people around them.

I long for the past when the rule was “children should be seen and not heard.” In normal times, kids making noise like that is just bad manners. In SHTF, being quiet when hiding from bad guys can be a matter of life or death.

#4 Comment By Ben On December 15, 2018 @ 5:26 am

By camping I would hope you mean tent camping in what is know as a “primitive” camp site. To many people I know think of camping as driving their camper to a “camp ground” and parking it next to the power outlet and plugging it in and setting down and watching TV. We did many muzzle loading primitive camp outs with our kids. No electricity except for the water pump and all cooking was done over open fires. The kids had a real learning experience the 1st time the had to use the out house. I married someone with 2 young girls. They soon adapted to that style of camping and had a great time with all the other kids in the camps.