By Rick – Ready4itall
As a parent of two small children, my SHTF fears have nothing to do with pandemics, roving hordes of marauders or an EMP taking out my iPhone. My biggest SHTF fear is that “something” could happen while my kids are not with me that could put them into harm’s way.
I think a lot of parents in the preparedness community share this same fear. As preppers we diligently prepare for disasters of all sizes by storing supplies, practicing skills and always being aware of our surroundings so that we can be prepared for any potential threats that may come our way…but is a 5, 10 or 15 year old child capable of understanding practical preparedness?
We’re adults. We have the maturity to think long-term and be prepared for disasters. However, when I look at my 4 year old son and his 3 year old sister going off to school every day, I always get uneasy about what “could” potentially happen when they’re away. There are several alternatives for traditional schools, but most of us are not in a position to homeschool or explore alternative schooling.
In today’s post we’re going to discuss why it is OUR responsibility to prepare our kids for school emergencies (not the school’s), how to put together a child’s everyday carry school emergency kit and a few tips that can help you breathe a little easier while your kids are away.
Isn’t the school supposed to be keeping my kids safe?
First and foremost, it’s not the school’s responsibility to keep your kids safe…it’s yours.
Yes, the school has a legal obligation to look after your kids while they are in school, but as any parent will tell you, schools aren’t perfect and no plan is full-proof. Ultimately it is your responsibility to prepare your children to respond to school-place disasters.
Think about all the disaster scenarios that could come up during the school day; Lock-downs, weather emergencies, bus accidents, delays in transportation and even the most terrifying of all, an active shooter inside your child’s school.
Yes, it is the school’s legal obligation to care for your kids, but if you think every school’s emergency plan (if they even have a plan) to handle these situations are full-proof… you’re delusional.
As parents we have to take an active role in our kids school safety, no matter how prepared the school may seem or how redundant our preparations may seem.
Everyday Carry (EDC) School Emergency Kit
I’ve seen a lot of School emergency kits posted in the past. Many of them include knives, paracord, fire-starting implements… basically everything they need to get expelled from school.