How to Prepare an Emergency School Kit

Numerous small and large emergencies may occur while at school. An emergency kit will prevent mistakes and unexpected occurrences from ruining your day.


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    Determine the amount of space you have available for the kit. If you are sharing a locker, discuss the kit and locker allocation with your companion. (See below for special instructions, if you are sharing a locker.)
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    Determine your school’s policy about containers. Some schools do not allow containers, unless the material is see-through.
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    Determine the type of emergencies your kit will handle. Most of these items have overlapping functions with other parts of the kit. Except for Batteries, you don't need to duplicate items with differing functions (like snacks). Each of these functions may be called a "kit".
    • A Small First-aid kit. (Not the kind you buy in stores)
      • This includes self-adhesive bandages, topical antiseptics, prescription drugs, analgesics (aspirin, Tylenol, or ibuprofen). Note: Many schools have regulations against students using these products! Never give them to friends! Your school may overlook your personal use, but will always harshly punish those who give them to friends! A note (from one of your parents) should state that you have permission to take the analgesic at your own discretion. A maximum of two doses of one type of analgesic should be in your container This is the best defense to suggestions that you gave any out.
    • An Air Conditioner/Heater Malfunction kit should be considered if your school is older or often has A/C or heater problems.
      • This kit may include (depending on climate): a small (3 inch max.) battery operated fan (with enough batteries to last the day), an empty water bottle ( “empty” to avoid leaks in your locker), an emergency blanket, mittens, etc.
    • An Extended Day kit should be considered if you live in an area where the weather might require school officials to hold you at school until it is safe to leave.
      • An extended day kit could include extra snacks, a travel pillow, a deck of cards or something else to keep you occupied, and an emergency blanket (if severe blizzards are a threat).
    • A Power Outage kit should be considered if you are attending school in a building with few (or no) windows.
      • A power outage kit should include two small LED flashlights (two because your teacher will probably want to borrow one),a book light, snacks(in case the cafeteria is unable to function).
    • A Female kit (Girls Only) will contain extra products for that time of the month.
      • A female kit may contain pads, tampons, and a change of clothing. Cosmetics and hairbrushes are optional items.
    • An Emergency School Supply kit should be the supplies you go to only after exhausting your everyday supply.
      • You may loan supplies (Pens, pencils, paper) from your everyday supplies, but never from your emergency school supplies. They are your "Last Resort".
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    Determine the quantity of each item that you would like to have ready.
    • This is not a "survival" kit. You only need to store one day's worth of items. For example, four or five adhesive bandages (various sizes) should suffice; a box of bandages would be too much. Remember, you locker space is limited.
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    Gather or purchase the items you want for the kit.
    • A plastic or cardboard box that fits at the bottom of your locker is ideal. Your "Everyday" items could still fit on top of your kit.
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    Place items that you are likely to use in a small easily accessible container.
    • Keep a small quantity of such items in your emergency container, so you won't run out. For example, you like eating snacks. You keep a quantity that is easy to reach. Put some in the emergency kit (which is often covered with books) so you will have them when the need arises.
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    Arrange the items to make the best use of space in the container.
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    Have an inventory list clearly visible from the top of the container.
    • If you are using a clear plastic box, tape it under the lid. If you are using a cardboard (or non-see-through plastic), tape the list to the top of the box; place a copy of the list inside the box.

Grave Warning

  1. Place no knives of any sort, size or otherwise in the container. Most schools will expel you for doing so, even if the knife is unsuitable for use as a weapon. This kit is for use at school, not at home.
  2. Only students with chronic conditions should have an emergency supply of prescriptions in their lockers. Any prescription medication in your kit should be in a container with the prescription clearly labeled on it. It should contain absolutely no more than one day's supply of the medication. The medication should have a note with it stating that it is an emergency dosage only to be used in cases of emergency such as missing a dose accidentally (before school) or being held late (after school). The note should also state that the reason you need to have an emergency dosage available.
    • Example of the note:

      To whom it may concern:
      My Son/Daughter, who is diabetic, has a one day supply of Insulin in his locker which shall only be used in emergency situations such as

      1. The students are held after school for a weather emergency.
      2. The nurse is unavailable to distribute the dosage.
      3. Any other extraordinary events.

      In the event my son/daughter needs to use this medication, an attempt will be made to contact the nurse, or (in lieu of the nurse) the dosage will be taken in the presence of the faculty of the school. In no event shall my son/daughter distribute this medication to other students.

If You Are Sharing a Locker

  1. Talk with the person you are sharing the locker with. Try to come to an agreement about space usage.
  2. Clearly label your items.
  3. Consider using a bag that you can hang from a hook in your locker.
  4. If space is limited, keep your emergency supplies to a minimum.
  5. If different size lockers are available, ask your teacher to assign you to a larger unit. After all, you are having to share.

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