Nannies and Au Pairs Are You Prepared to Care for the Kids During Hurricane Sandy?

EMA Basic Disaster Supplies Kit
Hurricane Sandy is on it’s way and expected to affect over 24-million Americans. Last year at this time in the North East we had a freak snow storm that pulled down power lines and my family and many others didn’t have power for many weeks. I am packing a bag to take with me to work on Monday in case I cannot make it home Monday night. And after experiencing the stress of last year’s storm I want to be prepared for power loss and possible contaminated water.

Here is a list of a basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items from FEMA:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  • Additional Emergency Supplies

    Once you have gathered the supplies for a basic emergency kit, you may want to consider adding the following items:

    • Prescription medications and glasses
    • Infant formula and diapers
    • Pet food and extra water for your pet
    • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
    • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. You can use the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) (PDF – 977Kb) developed by Operation Hope, FEMA and Citizen Corps to help you organize your information.
    • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or free information from this web site. (See Publications)
    • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
    • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
    • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Matches in a waterproof container
    • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
    • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
    • Paper and pencil
    • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
    • Remember the unique needs of your family members, including growing children, when making your emergency supply kit and family emergency plan.

      For Baby:

    • Formula
    • Diapers
    • Bottles
    • Powdered milk
    • Medications
    • Moist towelettes
    • Diaper rash ointment
    • For more information about the care and feeding of infants and young children during an emergency, visit the California Dept. of Public Health website.

      For Adults:

      • Denture needs
      • Contact lenses and supplies
      • Extra eye glasses
      • Ask your doctor about storing prescription medications such as heart and high blood pressure medication, insulin and other prescription drugs.

        If you live in a cold climate, you must think about warmth. It is possible that you will not have heat. Think about your clothing and bedding supplies. Be sure to include one complete change of clothing and shoes per person, including:

        • Jacket or coat
        • Long pants
        • Long sleeve shirt
        • Comments

          1. I am personally prepared but still waiting for my boss to give me time off and allow me not to come into work. My Mom Boss and Dad Boss aren't going to work so I don't know why I am going to work.

          2. This is a great post! We will definitely tell our nannies here at Annie's Nannies in Seattle. We shut down every year for just a few inches of snow, but diasaster can strike anytime. Hope you are staying safe! Check our our blog at

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