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Emergency Preparedness For Kids

Everyone should be armed with supplies to last them at least 72 hours following a disaster, and kids are no exception.

If you're a parent, a comfort kit is essential for your little ones.

In the case of an emergency, it is important to focus on items to keep your child comfortable, calm, and occupied in the event of a distressing situation such as an emergency.


St. John Ambulance offers a Children's Comfort Kit that contains the supplies necessary to keep your child comfortable during the first 72 hours of a disaster, with enough space to pack any additional items. The Children's Comfort Kit includes: 



  • Food & water: water bottle, two 4.2 oz water pouches, and 4 energy bars.



  • Emergency Supplies: child’s poncho, reflective blanket, flashlight with batteries, signal whistle, 8-hour light-stick, and a 6-pack of bandages.



  • Hygiene: soap, washcloth, wet naps, child size toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, comb, and a 10-pack of tissue.



  • Activities: A children's colouring book and crayons (4-pack), notepad, pencil, and a teddy bear.

Know the Risks and Make a Plan


In the event of an emergency, there is a likelihood is that your child will be in the classroom or on the playground. It’s in everyone’s best interest that kids become well-versed in the ABCs of emergency preparedness – empower your kids by setting an example and instilling some basic habits. 


An important part of your family’s emergency strategy should include making sure you’re up to date on the school’s emergency procedures. Be sure to also check that the school has your current emergency contact information including work, mobile and home telephone numbers. 

Get Emergency Ready

Is your child prepared for an emergency at school? 


An essential kit for both children and youth, our basic student kit can easily be stashed in a backpack or a school locker and provides the vital basics: food, water, light, warmth and hygiene.


With two 400-calorie energy bars and three 4 oz. water pouches, your son or daughter will have enough food and water for a full day in the case of an emergency. Warmth is also tucked inside courtesy of the mylar reflective blanket, and dirty hands can be easily cleaned with the wet naps. Should the lights go out, the kit comes complete with a light stick.


All food is 100% nut free.


Having a solid emergency kit is one of the most important parts of emergency preparedness.


In case you’re on your own for 72 hours or more, an emergency kit is essential to your short-term survival – whether you’re forced to evacuate your neighbourhood, shelter-in-place, or camp out in your yard.


This kit boasts food and water provisions for four people, an 11-in-one-multifunctional tool, a first aid kit, batteries, flashlight, and so much more – all in a sturdy backpack in case you need to be on the move. 

CPR Training Could Save A Life. 


When an emergency happens, unfortunately, there are injuries. To be Emergency Ready for your family and friends, you need to be trained to provide medical support. Train yourself in first aid and CPR to be able to administer first aid in an emergency. Having supplies is not enough, you must know how to use them to save a life.


Download our Emergency Ready Plan & Checklist


Maintain your emergency plan, kit supplies and first aid skills to ensure you are prepared in any emergency. Download our Emergency Ready Plan & Checklist template today. 

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