The world of earthquakes is new to us. We have never really experienced an earthquake. My daughter is probably terrified of the word even though she has really no idea what it is. I think I am terrified too. We see pictures of tragedies, we hear stories and we hope that it never happens to us.
This year, at the starting of the new school year, we were asked to put together an earthquake preparedness comfort kit for our kids. This is what we packed in a 1-gallon Ziploc bag:
- One plastic bottled water
- Two small pre-packaged snacks (like granola bars)
- Two band-aids
- Kleenex/tissue paper
- Wet wipes
- Extra underwear and socks
- Family contact information
- A family picture
- A letter to our child of love and encouragement
I have to admit the last on this list was the hardest to write. This is what we came up with:
We love you very much. We are proud of you. We are thinking of you. You are a brave girl. Don’t be scared. We know you are safe. Follow your teacher’s directions. Stay with your friends. We will pick you up as soon as we can.
Love, Mommy and Daddy