Emergency Preparedness Kit – Do It Yourself for School

Every student needs to be educated on emergency preparedness. And anyone in school should have some way to get to have an emergency preparedness kits available.


A situation that is an emergency when a situation poses an immediate threat to a person’s security, property or environment. It is important to be able to assess the signs that comprise an emergency as this will help you know what to do. Additionally, being well-prepared for any emergency will pay off big time when it is time to handle any situation that is an emergency. When at school there can still be emergencies.

One-person survival kit

Most experts in emergency training teach people to have a 72 Hour Emergency Preparedness kit and to be prepared for any emergency. But when emergencies happen at school – any student should have a small individual kit which is perfect for a student to carry in their backpack. A 72-hour kit might be too much unless the student is at college living in a dorm.

Do It Yourself

To get a kit that is small enough to put in a backpack, it may be necessary to build an individual kit just for a student going to high school. There are also many fine companies that do all this work for you but this might be a situation where you want to make one that is just for a student. So, in this case the next best thing is to prepare your own.

Food and Drink

Here are some good options for food and drinks:

  • Trail Mix/Dried Fruit
  • Protein/Granola bars
  • Cereals/Crackers
  • Canned beans, tuna, turkey, Vienna sausages, beef, with cans being able to open without a can-opener
  • Canned juice mix
  • Gum/candy
  • Water – 1 gallon or 4 liters

Bedding and Clothing

At least one change of clothes should be in the school kit and remember most times when there are emergencies at school, they usually don’t last more than a day or two.

Fuel and light

  • Battery lighting such as flashlights, lamps, etc and extra batteries
  • Flares
  • Candles
  • Lighter
  • Matches that are water-proofed


  • Dishes/utensils
  • Folding shovel
  • Radio – with batteries
  • Pen and paper
  • Pocket knife
  • Duct tape

 Personal Supplies and Medication

  • Medication – acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, children’s medications
  • Prescription medications for 3 days especially if the student is a diabetic
  • First Aid kit.

 Personal Documents and Money – water-proof container

  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
  • Vaccination papers
  • Cash
  • Credit card
  • Pre-paid phone cards

Also deciding what to put in a student’s preparedness kit also depends on the age of the student.

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