September is National Preparedness Month in the US. It's so very important to be prepared for an emergency before the disaster happens. Living here in Silicon Valley California there are several types of natural disasters we can typically expect even if we can't predict when they will occur. The most common ones are: earthquakes, fires resulting from earthquakes (or possibly tsunami from very big earthquakes), flooding, and wildfires. But in reality just about any type of disaster can strike at any time and often without warning. For example a friend told me that there was a tornado right here in Sunnyvale about 20 years ago!
So what do you pack for your family to be ready in case of an emergency especially if you have a baby? Well first it's important to decide what type of emergency kit we are talking about. There are three main types: 72 hour kit, emergency car kit and long term food/water supply.
Today we're going to focus on the 72 hour kit. This is something that you have ready to go in a bag so that when a disaster strikes you can grab it and get out of danger as fast as you can but still have what you need. The first 72 hours of any disaster are the most critical in determining whether or not you (and your family!) will survive. That's kind of intense, but that's why we need to be prepared!
What a baby needs:
When planning your kit it is important to consider what your baby needs now and what they might need in a few months. A typical rule of thumb is to rotate your 72 hour emergency kit once every 6 months (this ensures that your food doesn't expire and that you'll check that clothes and diapers will not be too small). With a baby I think you could rotate a kit every 3-6 months since they grow so quickly. Just put a little reminder in your phone or calendar so that you won't forget! We usually rotate our 72 hour kits in April when it starts to get really warm and October when it starts to get cold. Much of this info I'll be sharing comes from personal experience of packing 72 hour kits when each of my 3 children were babies (my youngest is currently two).
Here's some ideas about what your baby might need:
Don't forget to pack a few things for yourself that you might need:
For a complete list on the basics you need during an emergency, check out ready.gov
This blog will feature new parent advice, what to expect when working with my business, as well as an ongoing series about safety when interacting with newborns
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