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The Importance Of The “Get Started Workbook” In Your Bag

The Importance Of The “Get Started Workbook” In Your Bag

You may still be wondering what makes our bag so different from other emergency bags on the market. I'll start with the most obvious: The bag itself is unique in that it lies flat, with four clear sections that make it possible to immediately recognize the items inside. Each section is stocked with kid-centric products that are bright, colorful, safe, and easy to use. 

But of course, a bag is still just a bag. And while the unique design and carefully selected contents are an important distinction, they do not address all the unique needs of our children in the event of an emergency, or the broader mission of LadyBugOut for that matter.
How to Stock Comfort For Your Child’s Emergency Bag

How to Stock Comfort For Your Child’s Emergency Bag

The comfort pocket of the LadyBugOut emergency bag is designed to give children the opportunity to identify unique items that bring them comfort an important part of ensuring their psychological safety in addition to their physical safety. It’s also meant to encourage interaction and conversations about emergencies between parent and child, which brings additional comfort.

But here’s the thing about the comfort section of the LBO bag: It’s pretty much empty. It differs from the other sections of the bag and from a typical adult bug out bag in that it is intended to be highly customized by you and your child in order to meet their unique needs, interests, and skills.
Why Teaching Your Child Resilience Is So Important For Emergency Prep

Why Teaching Your Child Resilience Is So Important For Emergency Prep

When I think of the term “resilience” as it relates to children, I often think of a rafting trip I went on a while back. At one point during the journey, the guide led us to a series of tall rocks and cliffs and asked if anyone would like to jump off. A number of adults opted in, as did a handful of children who had accompanied their parents.

I watched as the parents made sure the kids’ lifejackets were secure. I watched as they dispensed careful advice about how to jump, how to land, and how to hold their lifejackets down so they wouldn’t get knocked in the face upon impact. But the thing that really struck me in that moment was that the parents could do nothing once their child’s feet left the cliff. It was all up to the child at that point. He or she would have to jump out far enough, stay upright, land feet-down, and hold on to his or her jacket. The parent, at that point, was rendered helpless.
Bib, Sling, Wound Cover, Oh My! 11 Uses For Your Bandana

Bib, Sling, Wound Cover, Oh My! 11 Uses For Your Bandana

The bandana (aka military cravat) is easily the most versatile item in the First Aid section of the LadyBugOut bag. Check out this short video with Dr. Maria LaPlant Hart, for more on the many ways you can use your bandana.

How To Keep Your Child Physically and Psychologically Safe In An Emergency

How To Keep Your Child Physically and Psychologically Safe In An Emergency

As a parent, you certainly understand what it means to try to keep your kids physically safe—you are doing this almost constantly. Sometimes you are the one providing the physical safety (e.g. childproofing your home). Other times, you are providing physical safety by teaching them how to keep themselves safe (e.g. looking both ways before crossing the street).

But what about psychological safety? Psychological safety addresses your child feeling safe, regardless of the presence or absence of a real threat. It is comfort, trust, well-being, and stability.
Bug Out Bag Made Just for Kids

Bug Out Bag Made Just for Kids

My enthusiasm for bug-out bags runs deep. Long before I started to build LadyBugOut and even before I became a mother, I was deeply invested in being as prepared as possible for an emergency event. I put together bags for my husband and I in case we ever needed to “bug out” of Los Angeles and we kept them stashed in our cars. The bags contained essential supplies to keep us safe, secure, nourished, and powered up: a head lamp, a military-grade first-aid kit, water packets, water purification tablets, high-caloric food rations (3,600 calories each!), jackets, sneakers, a map, a fuel syphon, a solar charger, etc. Utilitarian and functional? Yes. Organized? Not so much.

3 Essential Tips for Talking To Your Kids About Natural Disasters

3 Essential Tips for Talking To Your Kids About Natural Disasters

As a psychologist, I’ve talked to many mothers and fathers who share a common concern: should parents talk to their children about natural disasters and catastrophic events? Isn’t it too frightening and overwhelming for them to process? But here’s the thing: While not talking to your child about these things may shield them from worrisome thoughts in the moment, it also leaves them unprepared and vulnerable. 
Emergency Nutrition Essentials To Keep Your Kids Energized and Hydrated

Emergency Nutrition Essentials To Keep Your Kids Energized and Hydrated

When it comes to being prepared in the event of a natural disaster, one of the most basic recommendations you’ll come across is to have nonperishable food items on hand. Whether you’re using guidelines from FEMA, the Red Cross, or Ready.gov, all three agencies indicate that best practice is to anticipate up to three days — 72 hours — of disruption to public services such as natural gas, water, and electricity. But here’s the thing: 72 hours’ worth of nonperishables is heavy. Especially when you’re only four feet tall and weigh fifty pounds. 
Preparing for Life: Disasters Large and Small

Preparing for Life: Disasters Large and Small

As humans, we have a tendency to avoid thinking about things that stray too far from what we encounter on a day-to-day basis. For example, most adults go to work and come home at predictable times. It happens so routinely, in fact, that your brain stops devoting much time and effort to thinking about it; it’s only when something atypical happens that your brain makes note. And generally speaking, this is a good thing; it allows your brain to be busy doing other things, like figuring out dinner, planning your next family vacation, etc. 
Interaction by Developmental Age

Interaction by Developmental Age

The first step to guide your child's interaction with their emergency supplies is to determine your child's developmental age. A child’s developmental age may not always align with their chronological age. Knowing their developmental age will help guide your interaction with your child with their emergency bag so they can feel prepared, empowered, and safe.
First Aid 101: A Primer For Parents and Kids

First Aid 101: A Primer For Parents and Kids

For those of us who may be setting out to develop a family emergency preparedness plan for the first time, it’s understandable to think that first aid is something that belongs in the realm of adult responsibility. And to be sure, parents and caretakers should absolutely be well versed in first aid. But helping your child develop a working knowledge of first-aid practices not only empowers them to be as prepared as possible for an emergency situation, but also helps them develop their sense of purpose, compassion, self-esteem, and empathy.
Disaster Bag First-Aid Essentials

Disaster Bag First-Aid Essentials

My first-aid kit is a little red bin full of odds and ends, tucked away in between the towels and sheets in our bathroom. There are leftover and dwindling supplies from my military days, many random cartoon-covered Band-Aids, and a handful of OTC meds. Nothing is organized. Nothing is inventoried. All of which might come as a bit of a surprise, considering I’m an ER doctor.