The San Francisco Bay Area experienced a couple little tremors yesterday, registering 3.5 and 4.0 on the Richter scale. Meanwhile, we watch with dismay the sad news coming from the storms that hit the Midwest.
We would like to take this moment to remind new parents, or expectant parents, to update their disaster preparedness kit for the newest member of their family.
Keep these items together in a plastic bin or a large “grab and go” duffel bag somewhere easy to reach:
Plenty of diapers. Even if you use cloth diapers, you may want to consider disposable diapers for emergencies. In the event of a major disaster, a diaper service might not be feasible. However, having at least three cloth diapers will allow you to wash, dry and reuse them in case you run out (assuming you have running water).
Travel package of wipes. These can double for basic baths, too.
Formula. Unless you are breastfeeding (which we encourage), you might want to keep some formula on hand. Particularly useful is the kind that does not require water. Pay close attention to expiration dates.
Baby food. Depending on the age of your child, you may want to keep extra baby food, preferable in non-breakable containers.
Toys and other comfort items. A disaster is stressful for everyone, including baby. If your baby has a favorite toy or item try to grab it. But if not, perhaps keeping an extra version of it in your emergency kit can help soothe baby.
Clothes. Babies grow fast, so if you have clothes that are too large, keep them in the disaster kit. Then when they grow into them, you are reminded to replace them with the next largest size.
Medications. Infant ibuprofen or other medications, including any extra of prescription medications, are essentials in the baby disaster bin.
Diaper rash cream and/or baby powder. This is another item that can make a huge difference in baby’s comfort in less-then-optimal conditions.
Don’t forget to pack for yourselves
The City and County of San Francisco have a detailed Web site on preparing for disaster, including what to include for pets and for yourself. Visit www.72hours.org for details.
How we are preparing for disaster
CPMC is committed to building a new, $250 million, earthquake-safe hospital at St. Luke’s.To learn more visit www.rebuildcpmc.org.