When a FEMA representative spoke at a recent meeting I attended, he stressed the importance of having a Bug Bag for each family member as well as one in the trunk of each car. The list of contents for the Bug Bags is typical: basic first aid supplies, water, snacks, flashlight, a whistle, the bare necessities you might need in the event of an emergency.
This event made me think about just how prepared I am as a teacher in the event a similar situation occurred near my school requiring a lockdown. So, I am considering building a Classroom Bug Bag for my room.
In the bag should be many of the items the FEMA rep suggested, but I think it should include few other items as well in the event of an extended lockdown. My current plan is to include a sandwich-size bag for each student that will contain tissue, hand wipes, hard candy, as well as pencil and paper.
The Classroom Bug Bag will also contain decks of cards, crossword puzzles and math puzzles to help keep us occupied if necessary.
I realize there is no way to plan for every emergency scenario, but this is a start at being prepared for something one hopes will never happen.
What would you want in your Classroom Bug Bag?