Most disaster situations are over in seconds, minutes or hours but help may not reach you for several hours or even days. Basic services that we count on everyday – water, electricity, sewer, gas, and telephone – may not work and may be off for days, weeks, or longer. When basic services are not available, or if you have to leave an unsafe space, it’s important to have a well-stocked emergency supply kit with items to help you provide for the children in your care.
Emergency supply kits are also sometimes called ‘grab and go’, ‘ready to go’ or ‘bug out’ kits/bags.
Emergency Supply Kit Contents
Two types of emergency supply kits are recommended, to be used based on the situation you are faced with.
- A portable kit that can be taken as you evacuate your child care program
- A 72-hour kit that is kept in your child care space for shelter-in-place situations
Every child care program is unique so prepare your kit to accommodate the needs of your currently and enrolled children and staff. Keep in mind that these needs may change frequently. State requirements differ, so be sure your emergency supply kit is in compliance with those requirements as well.
Emergency Supply Kit
For more in-depth information on Emergency Supply Kits, visit the Emergency Child Care & Technical Assistance Center.