How to prepare for your baby and young children . . .
babies and young children are a very important part of our emergency
preparedness and very vulnerable during and after a disaster. If you
have a baby and/or young children in your home
you need to prepare for them differently than older children, teenagers
and adults. Evaluate each of your children's needs and prepare for them.
New babies need formula, even if you are breast feeding your baby, what
if you became ill or die and can no longer breast feed your baby, the
baby will need milk. You will need baby bottles too. Remember to rotate
as needed, do not let it expire. Give to a mother who can use it before
2) You will need to
store baby cereals and food (vegetables, fruits, meats) for different
stages of life and ages. Possibly a baby food grinder if you prefer to
make your own baby food.
will need to store diapers in different, and wipes. I would also store
cloth diapers, if you run out at least you will have them and can wash
4)You will need to
consider their clothes, store them in different sizes. If you have
children of all ages, store their old clothes, the younger ones will
eventually grow into them. Check babies and children clothes often to
make sure they still fit. You will need to consider seasons too if you
live where it gets cold, snows or is hot.
You will need to store any medications they might need, children's
Tylenol, Motrin, Orajel for teething, diaper creams, peroxide for cuts
and wounds, neosporin, Vick's, vitamins for different ages and any other
medications they may be taking.
You will need to store hygiene products for them, baby shampoo, baby
bath soap, baby lotion, wipes, children's tooth paste, fluoride mouth
wash, tooth brushes and other hygiene products as needed.
7) Stress relievers--babies and young children feel great
stress during and after a disaster. Put together a Stressor Kit or
them, which should include activities for the ages of children you have
in your family, activity books, card games, their favorite reading
books, small toys, writing tablet with pencils, pencil sharpener and
crayons, coloring books, a small toy, a picture of the family in case
you are separated, what ever your child enjoys doing that will bring
8) And of course the right size car seat and stroller if you need to evacuate.