Pack an Emergency Supply Kit
In addition to supplies needed for a general disaster kit, you may want to consider these items:
- A current copy of your child's Care Plan, including the In Case of Emergency Form.
- Current medical information and records stored on a CD, flash drive, or phone app (keep a paper copy in a waterproof bag).
- 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.
- 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.
- Battery powered versions of medical equipment your child uses
- Manual wheelchair or other non-electric equipment.
- Backup chargers for a cell phones could include a hand-crank USB cell phone emergency charger or a battery pack. Some weather radios have a built in hand crank charger.
- Backup chargers for a laptop or tablet could include a 12V USB adapter that plugs into a car, an inverter, or a battery jump pack with an USB port.
Medical Supplies and Medications:
- Talk with your child’s doctor about how to get an emergency supply of medicines. If your child takes medicine given by a clinic or hospital, talk with them about how to plan for a stoppage due to a disaster.
- Ask your pharmacist about how long the medicine can last and storage needs of the medicines.
- Keep a two-week supply of medical care items such as needles, nasal cannulas, bandages, etc.
- Keep a cooler and chemical ice packs for storing medications that must be kept cold.
- Keep prescription information in your wallet, survival kit, and car that includes the name, location and phone number of an out of town pharmacy.
Other Helpful Tips:
- Pack smaller "to go" kits for use in an evacuation and store in multiple places (car, work, school, etc.).
- 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 for the Washington State Information Network.
Steps to help you prepare for an emergency or disaster with your child’s special health care needs or disability in mind.