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Living in Southern California, we are taught at a very young age about the importance of having an emergency kit.
It needs to hold 3 days of supplies for everything you need to survive, and I have one of those… but since having children I’ve realized that as important as having an emergency kit is, I also need a “Safety Adventure Kit”. Our “SAK” as I call it, is a level down from the food, clothes and other necessities in our emergency kit. I put a ton of thought into my “SAK” kits and after the last fires it was time to refill our kit so I headed to Walmart and picked up some new things. Duracell Batteries were at the top of my list of things to pick up because those are important for safety and for fun!
Our “SAK” is more about making an ordeal into an adventure.
And that is how I want my girls to handle difficult situations, especially emergencies. I want them to feel safe and in control of the situation and to look at it as an adventure as opposed to a scary emergency. Just last month we had some wildfires breakout in San Diego. This one was way too close to our house and all the kids were sent home from school. The fires are fueled by Santa Ana winds and often times our electricity goes out.
It’s times like these that I am most appreciative of our “SAK” kits!
One of the most important things in our kit are dependable batteries.
I want to make sure that if the lights go out we have a way to keep things bright… and a way to have fun! I include a bunch of things in our kit, like the following:
- Drinks- water and sports drinks. Sports drinks are a treat for the girls and I want them to think of this as a special time not scary.
- Quiet activities- like glow in the dark and light up boards or coloring books and crayons.
- Candy- again, another treat that will take their mind off the emergency and focus more on the memories we are making.
- Snacks- fruit strips, fruit in a cup and crackers. I pack snacks that have a long expiration date and that the girls love.
- Portable lights- This is the most important part of my kit. I have 3 different types of lights. A headlamp, lantern and work light. These are what I use to set up the girls favorite part of the kit!
The little one loves this game and doesn’t even realize that there is an emergency going on around us! We call it “finding light”. First thing we do is set up the headlamp and give her a lollipop. This keeps her busy for awhile enjoying the treat and making funny shapes with the headlamp. She loves that whichever direction she turns her head the light follows. You should see her dance with it on!
Next she goes searching throughout the house looking for the rest of the “light”.
We explore while looking for them and she leads the way with her headlamp. Before she sets off on this adventure Pete and I, or the older girls set all the lights up in different places throughout the house so that they are all ready for her to discover! It’s fun for the whole family!
As she finds the lights she gets to turn them on and she gets so excited as she finds them. After they are all on she gets to choose which ones she wants to have with her… and sometimes she wants them all. Little ones change their minds all the time and find comfort in different things. Sometimes she want to just wear the headlamp, and sometimes she feels safer with that and the lantern so it’s a great idea to have lot’s of choices!
There are some great Duracell Batteries coupons to help you save some money when you are making or updating your own “Safety Adventure Kit”!
What emergencies do you have to prepare for?