Last week, the local power company announced they needed to fix a lamp pole and we could be without electricity from 8 am-5 pm. Pre-child, I would have used this time to catch up on my reading or I would have been at work. Post-child, they hit my panic button. Not because of the short time the power would be out, but how I would entertain my child, if it carried into the dead of night or, even worse, for days on end. As you can see, the power company hasn’t been very reliable in the past.
This made my mind wander to what I would do to survive for even a few days, post-natural disaster or an apocalypse with a preschooler. I did inventory on our emergency kit. It’s been a while, since I checked what’s in our stash. For those of you without a kit, please feel free to steal any of my ideas. Please keep in mind that paranoia…uh, I mean preparedness can be expensive.
Fire Escape Ladder (one for each bedroom upstairs):
- For those of you with a two or three-story house, this is essential for quick evacuation. If you have a child that isn’t old enough to set it up and exit on their own, then you’ll need an extra fire extinguisher in your bedroom.
- Use the fire extinguisher to clear a path from your room to their room.
- The other parent should exit the master bedroom and wait at the bottom in case you need to throw your kid.
LED Lantern (one per person):
- If the power is out for days on end, a few candles and flashlights aren’t going to be enough. You’ll need an LED lantern for each person in your house. Most will last up to 150 hours on low light mode. If you use it sparingly and wake up with the sun, it should last a long time.
Emergency Candles (two per small child):
- These will last up to 100 hours and will work well for a scared little one at night. Buy several for after the LED lantern goes out. Please don’t leave these with an unattended small child.
Water Filter System (one for the family)
- This is cheap. It’s always great to stock up on bottled water, but having a 20-gallon filter system after you run out is important.
Emergency Sleeping Bags (one for each person)
- Traditional sleeping bags are great, but add these for extra warmth in extreme temperatures.
Freeze Dried Food (1 or 2 depending on family size)
- It’s always good to keep canned food around, but the shelf life is minimal. Freeze dried food, although not the healthiest alternative can have up to a 20 to 25-year shelf life. Kits like this can include enough food for an entire month.
Card Games Galore
- Stock up on card games. They’re cheap and will keep everyone busy for hours.
- Classic Deck
- Melissa and Doug Animal Card Games
- Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Game
- Kidz Cards in a Tin (Go Fish, War, Crazy Eights and Old Maid)