School Emergency Kit (Comfort Kit)

In this world of seemingly increasing turmoil it is wise to learn of your school's emergency procedures as well as when they will initiate a lockdown, and under what conditions.

Simply put, your children's well being is dependent on several factors, many of which aren't in your control or even the school's.

The important thing to do however is to get the information in advance. Information is power. Contact your local school district, police or fire department as well. The information will empower you should something bad happen.

Also, advise the school of your own emergency plans as it pertains to your children to avoid any potential problems. Are you planning for someone else to pick up your child? The school needs to know this and have the necessary details or they will not release your child into someone else's custody for security reasons.

The younger your children the more involved this may become, because as an example if you have a 15 or 16 year old, their kit will be a little different, and that they are also able to better take care of themselves than a 5 year old. So obviously their age must be considered and discussed with the school accordingly.

Having a kit for urban life is as important as having a kit for wilderness trips. Believe it or not there isn't all that much difference for the basics required. As I have written in The Elements of Survival there are certain basics you need to cover.

As for the school emergency kit or comfort kit, I'll make a list of things here below to get you started. However, by all means include whatever else you feel your child could need as well.

  • A bright orange vest with reflective material on it.
  • Emergency blanket or similar product for shelter and heat retention.
  • LED headlamp with batteries.
  • A quality whistle attached to a lanyard hung around the neck. The Fox40 Micro or Fox40 Howler whistle would be great.
  • High energy snack and a water ration.
  • A poncho, preferably orange in color.
  • Have a photo of the family and your child's pet. Write something simple on it such as 'We Love You' on the family photo and 'My Best Friend' on the pet photo. Laminate the photos to protect against the elements.
  • Sturdy shoes/boots. If you get boots it offers ankle support, and if you get steel plated and toe protection on top of that, all the better. Some safety shoes actually look quit stylish so it could technically be worn regularly. If not, have your child place them in their locker to be ready to use if needed. Have a look to see if they sell them for your child's size.
  • Dust mask(s). You can get N95's as a minimum or N100 respirators. Toxic dust can cause lung cancer or other problems. Useful to protect yourself during pandemics/endemics. Research what is best for what you wish to prepare for. Be certain they will fit your child's face!
  • Gloves to protect the hands from broken glass etc.
  • A hardhat if you are in earthquake prone area.
  • Safety glasses.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Wet Ones or other comparable product.
  • Some toilet paper.
  • Notepad and pen, in case something needs to be written down.
  • Personal ID, with your child's name and your phone number(s) and any other pertinent info you wish to share, such as the name and number of an authorized person who will pick up your child in the event you cannot. This could be a trusted friend or neighbor.


See with the school how they would prefer to have the items packed, or of they are indifferent, have a nice little back sack for your kid.

As I mentioned, there isn't all that much difference for the kits, and the reason in part is because it is a child's kit, which must be kept simple. Even the kit for the woods can be modified to have more in it if need be.


Also, because the elements of survival, or survival priorities, are the same, but you simply must adapt to a different environment. The kit I modified from the Children's Survival Kit geared for the woods.


Work with the age and capabilities of your children, to adjust the kit accordingly as well.


I understand that you may feel that in an urban center having a kit filled with a bunch of stuff may seem overwhelming and unnecessary, but things do not always work out the way we think they will.

The government under the right conditions will not have the capacity in manpower and resources to go deal with your local schools emergency situation.

An example is after a large earthquake. The debris in the streets, the damage to water mains and electrical infrastructure, as well as the overall situation with many injured people etc., will mean it could take awhile to get to your child's school to render assistance.

As with other emergency scenarios, including a 72 hour kit (go for a 5 - 7 day kit), it is to be able to deal with your predicament until help can finally arrive.

A kit doesn't need to be overly complicated or take much room at all. When it does become a problem, it is usually due to a lack of experience and knowledge in building a kit.

Resources

What It's Like Inside a School Shooting Drill
Example Emergency Comfort Kit for School Age Child

This is an example of a school that actually does some good, in requiring parents to develop a kit for their children to have at school.
If you are proactive in your community and would like to make a suggestion to your school on how they can improve their security, have a look at the videos below.
Police Officer Testing Classroom Door Security device to Barricade School classroom doors.
School Safety Video for School Lockdown Emergencies