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This post is courtesy of our contributor Michelle…What’s in your Go Bag? Before children, I didn’t think much about a Go Bag (Emergency Preparedness Kit). But now with 3 sons, I make sure we are prepared for an emergency, such as a blackout. A Go Bag is a bag you fill with emergency items like Duracell batteries, flashlights, candles, matches, first aid kit, etc. We have a Go Bag located in our home along with emergency kits in our vehicles for when we are away from home. Living in Southern California, we don’t have many blackouts due to storms; however, we always want to be prepared in the event of an earthquake or other emergency.
My youngest son hasn’t experienced a power outage yet, but I know from experience with my two older sons, blackouts can be very frightening for children. To keep our little one calm and preoccupied, our Go Bag contains some of his favorite night time toys and games (crayons, a sketchbook, light saber flashlights, glow sticks, glow bracelets, card games, books and some silly putty).
My son has always enjoyed shadow puppet shows so I made a trip to Walmart to pick up a bright colored flashlight, extra Duracell batteries and materials to create some flashlight fun.
I made flashlight covers with different scenes and faces to create a light show on the walls in his bedroom. Using my Cricut cutting machine, I cut them out of craft poster board and simply taped them on the lens of the flashlight for a low tech light show. They are easy to store and don’t take up much room in the Go Bag.
Emergency Preparedness Kit Essentials & Activities:
Other important items in our Go Bag:
- Duracell Batteries
- Walkie Talkies
- First Aid Kit with extra bandages and first aid ointment
- All-in-one Tool
- Cell Phone Power Bank
- Blue Tooth Speaker
- Whistle with built-in FM Radio and Compass
- Glow Sticks
What do you have in your Go Bag? If you don’t have one yet, you can work together as a family to create your kit while talking about emergencies, how to stay calm and what your family’s safety plans are.