Preparing an Earthquake Survival Kit for Your Kids

What You'll Need
Plastic first aid kit box
Antibiotic ointment
Child's pain relief medicine (only one dose)
Soap and disinfectant
Small flashlight and batteries
Bottled water and canned food
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Toilet paper
Change of children's clothes
Secure box

If you live in an area that is prone to earthquakes, having a good earthquake survival kit is absolutely essential. Your earthquake survival kit should provide you with the basic amenities that you'll need in the event of an earthquake and should be able to help you deal with injuries, food and drink requirements, as well as basic survival needs. You'll also want to have a survival kit for everyone in your family, including your children. Read on for a guide on how to prepare an earthquake survival kit for your kids.

Step 1 - Prepare the First Aid Kit

Your child's first aid kit should help him to deal with any minor injuries that he may have. It's important, however, to gauge your child's maturity level as you put together the kit. It's good to include basic items that can be helpful without potentially causing your child harm, such as bandages, antibiotic ointment, soap and disinfectant. You should also teach your child how to use these items when you put together the first aid kit. If your child is responsible enough, include child's pain relief medicine in a single dose as well.

Step 2 - Put Together a Basic Survival Kit

The basic kit should help your child survive when he does not have access to regular food or running water. Always include basic toiletries in this portion of the kit, including toothbrush and toothpaste as well as toilet paper. It's also good to give your child bottled water to drink. About 2/3 gallon per day is a good estimate for most children. Canned food is another good option for your child's earthquake survival kit.

Step 3 - Assemble Other Basic Items

Your child will also need to stay warm and clothed properly after the earthquake. Include a blanket and at least one change of clothes. Be sure to periodically update the clothes in the kit as your child continues to grow. Also include a flashlight and batteries, or a hand crank flashlight, as this will be very helpful if your child needs to use any of these items in the dark or if the power goes out.

Step 4 - Secure the Kit and Store It Safely

Place all of the items in the kit in a box that is small enough for your child to be able to handle and carry. Make sure that the box is secure and leave it in a place that you agree upon with your child. A basement or cellar is a good place to store the earthquake kit. Make sure your child will be able to have access to it in the event of an earthquake.