Hurricane Sandy affected thousands of Americans, including many Cultural Care Au Pair staff, local childcare coordinators (LCCs), host families and au pairs.It’s safe to say that the severity of Hurricane Sandy took most Americans by surprise—especially families in the Northeast who don’t normally have to worry about such devastating weather conditions. While all Cultural Care Au Pair staff, local childcare coordinators (LCCs), host families and au pairs stayed safe, many were and still are negatively impacted by the hurricane. And probably all of us are thinking more seriously about what we would need to keep our families safe in a similar type of disaster.
Their advice on building a basic disaster supply kit is especially helpful. FEMA recommends including the following items in every home’s kit:
They also list additional emergency supplies to consider including prescription medication, books and warm bedding (one thing I would be missing most were I down in my basement for any amount of time!) For a complete list of recommended items, you can download their Family Supply List here.
FEMA also has great recommendations for getting your children involved in building a kit. They include lots of fun and games on their website and suggest dividing the family into two teams to turn the hunt for emergency kit items into a scavenger hunt.
There’s no time like the present to get your family’s kit in order because, unfortunately, there is no telling when the next natural disaster will decide to pay a visit.