We’re always buying duracell batteries around here. Not only for home necessities like smoke detectors, flashlights and clocks, but for other sanity-savers like toys and games. We have weathered a few hurricanes, most recently Sandy. It displaced us for about a week and made our lives challenging to say the least. Having lived on a barrier island off of New Jersey for most of my life, I’m used to evacuations and preparedness. But until recently, I hadn’t grasped how kids can change the scenario.
It doesn’t take a full-blown hurricane to send my kids into panic mode either. Just a simple few-hour power loss will do that. So it’s a smart idea to have a preparedness kit made up just for the kids, to help them feel secure and happy. To help them see the event as an exciting adventure. We took a trip to Walmart to pick up the goods.
My kids love playing flashlight tag, and these colorful LED flashlights are the perfect size for their little hands; they were only a dollar each at Walmart. They even included batteries, so double score!
We like to play up the darkness factor when we have a power loss at night. Who doesn’t love to play with glow in the dark bracelets and necklaces? I also found LED bracelets that will last for up to 6 hours making it easy to see your kids in the dark while being a fun accessory for their arms. Emma named this as one of her favorites in our instagram video.
I found fun character fans that also light up in the three-dollar bin that the kids always love playing with. They do double-duty for use as an actual fan too if it’s a hot day/evening.
And of course we purchased a few packages of Duracell Coppertop batteries to keep these and other toys running. Love the 10-year guarantee, because it really stinks when you open a new package of batteries and none of them work. No worries here!
We use our big battery-operated camping light when the power goes out, so when that’s on we can play card games and UNO, Play-doh, punch balloons and other fun things. If you’re going to lose power, you might as well bond as a family with some good old-fashioned game time.
What would you include in your Preparedness Kit?
Maureen Tenney says
My kids love to pretend that we have a power outage at night and love to play with flashlights and glow sticks :) We lost power for 12 hours (during the day time) a few months ago, and it really forced our family to pull out the board games and play :) My husband has a battery pack that he keeps charged up so that he can use it to charge his phone when we lose power and he can no longer charge his phone. Something similar may be useful to include in an emergency preparedness kit!
kelly willis says
this is a great idea
Tara F says
Some great ideas Thanks Def will use some..
Amazing tips….I really benefited from reading this post you have awesome ideas!
Clare Swindlehurst (@SuperMommyClub) says
Some great ideas here – I love those LED bracelets, and I think it’s a really good idea to incorporate some fun into your emergency preparedness kits!
Great tips that are useful in both the summer and the winter when you live in the Northeast!
One Creative Mommy says
Great ideas, Heather! This is an important way to prepare for emergencies that a lot of us forget!
I love that 10-year guarantee too! But even moreso, I love that I have never had to use it because my Duracell’s have always worked! Thanks for sharing these tips! #client
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