Pack an Emergency Supply Kit
In addition to supplies needed for a general disaster kit, you may need to add several things to the kit for your child with special needs.
General Information and Supplies:
- A copy of your child's up to date Care Plan, including the In Case of Emergency Form.
- Current medical information and records stored on a CD, flash drive, or phone app (keep one paper copy in a waterproof bag).
- Extra contact lenses, glasses, and lens supplies.
- Batteries for hearing aids and communication devices.
- Special dietary foods and supplies.
- Items that calm or entertain your child.
- Identification to be carried by each child in case your family gets separated.
- Proof of service animal status to insure a service animal can go with you into a shelter.
- A generator for back up power support (due to deadly fumes, never use a generator indoors).
- An AC adaptor for your car for small electrical equipment such as a nebulizer.
- A way to charge your cell phone without electricity.
- Battery powered versions of medical equipment your child uses
- Manual wheelchair or other non-electric equipment.
Medical Supplies and Medications:
Talk with your child’s doctor about how to obtain an extra supply of medicines for emergencies. Ask if it would be safe to change a dosage in an emergency situation. If your child takes medicine administered by a clinic or hospital, talk with them about how to plan for a 3-14 day disruption. Ask your pharmacist about the shelf life and storage needs of the medicines.
- Two-week supply of medical items including syringes, dressings, nasal cannulas, suction catheters, etc.
- At least a three day supply of medications (fourteen days is ideal).
- Cooler and chemical ice packs for storing medications that must be kept cold.
- Prescription information for your wallet, survival kit, and car that includes the name, location and phone number of an out of town pharmacy.
Other Helpful Tips:
- Pack a smaller "to go" kits for use in an evacuation and store in multiple places (car, work, school, etc.).
- Store your supplies in an easy-to-get-to waterproof and pest-proof container.
- Update supplies yearly, replace water every six months, and update emergency contact and medical forms as needed.
- If you can’t contact your doctor or pharmacy in a disaster, ask for help from emergency responders or staff at emergency shelters or service centers. You can get help in getting medication from a Red Cross shelter or by dialing 211 from anywhere in Washington for the Washington State Information Network.