Things to consider when planning. restocking and establishing a supply item. Plan for a diminishing number of children over a 3 day period see calculation below:
You can survive for
Emergency Kit, Comfort Kit,
Large quantity purchases can be negotiated, ask for a discount and obtain a quote. The below list in some cases are local suppliers and have been used by PTA's.
Restricted diets need extra planning for emergency preparedness. What should you put in a disaster kit? That depends on your child's medical and food allergy needs as well as the types of emergencies that are most likely to occur in your area. Each Parent needs to work with their class teacher and School Emergency Coordinator to ensure a safe food plan is in place.
Shipping Storage Containers
We recommend that you build a collaborative working relationship with the Principal and Emergency Coordinator to help them to prioritize issues and ensure that these needs are incorporated into the NSD’s proposed Budget via the school administration.
No PTA member should risk their health due to
To reduce rodent/critter issues, we recommend Emergency Kit zip-top bags are removed from their cardboard shipping box and put is sealed rugged containers built to keep critters out. One possible method is to use 32/34 Gallon wheeled trash can with Turn & Lock or Hook & Lock Lid. The wheeled version facilitates rapid deployment. Label each container with a visible expire date.
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Food, Gear and Misc. Storage
Plastic pails with lid options including screw top, Gamma Seal and tear strip with lids, are perfect for storing a plentiful number of non-perishable food items like canned goods, protein bars and Spam. Depending upon your need, you choose from a 5-, 6- or 12-gallon container. Label each container with a visible expire date.
Cardboard boxes aren’t reliable in disaster scenarios, as water can seep through and cause irreparable damage to the contents within. When preparing for disaster, you need to ensure that your supplies are safely stored in plastic crates and easy to access. To keep yourself organized, it’s important to possess an adequate number of plastic boxes (18 or 35 Gallon Storage tote) for food, gear and miscellaneous emergency supplies. Label each container.
Assist School by obtaining parent and or community funding and support. If your PTA decides to support emergency preparedness, ensure there is a budget line item for Emergency Preparedness.
Emergency Preparedness (E-Prep) is the level of preparedness in the event of an emergency. A major disaster/crisis could prevent you from getting to the school, for hours, even days. The school district does not have all the necessary funds for E-Prep. A 3-day supply of food and water, as well as blankets, shelter, and other necessary items is keep for our children ensuring they are sheltered, fed and warm. (We recommended being 2 weeks ready for your home and work.)
Below are ways you can help our school stay prepared.
1. Community Supply
Expired perishables such as water, meal replacement bars, light sticks, flashlights, batteries, and hand warmers are disposed of and replaced regularly. (Note: The meal replacement bars contain no nuts. If coconut, wheat or soy poses a problem for your child, please contact your childs teacher. Or if you have other ideas on items to store, the E-Prep team is happy to hear your recommendations.)
2. Comfort Kits
In addition to the school community supply we have a kit that gets handed to each child during an emergency event.
New children to the school are requested to pay a fee for a emergency kit and we encourage all parents to donate funds towards kits to help families in need. These funds enable purchase and storage of the kits in the school storage container separate from the school building.
Example Flyer (recommend that kits are able to be purchased on-line). This should be customized for your school and supplies need.
The PTA can organize fundraisers to raise money to purchase supplies for the students and faculty. Traditional ways to raise funds involve selling magazines, gift wrap, cookie dough and candy. Many schools have been looking for more creative ideas that involve more practical or useful items. One such idea is selling Emergency Kits to raise money to buy Emergency Kits. Not only are you helping the families who purchase kits for their own homes, they know the funds are going to a much-needed cause.
Grants can be provided to support specific supplies related needs. Obtain your PTA's form and complete. It is always recommended that you have conversations with the PTA board to ensure they have an available budget.
Donations and Canvasing
Suppliers and the community will often donate money or supplies to help those in need. Identify supplies needed and canvas for them. (see Success Stories page). Often PTA's often obtain sponsors and in return put their names on a sponsor webpage.