Disaster Preparedness

Toys“R”Us has partnered with Save the Children for more than a decade, supporting the organization’s efforts to assist children and families in the wake of natural disasters through monetary and in-kind donations.

One of the most important things we do as a company is to assist parents in keeping their kids safe, and that’s why we’ve worked with Save the Children to provide you with a checklist that will help ensure that your family is prepared to react quickly should a natural disaster threaten your area.

See below for some basic steps you can take to prepare your family and keep them safe in times of crisis, and be sure to download the full checklist located on this page.

Disaster Preparedness Checklist for Parents and Families

Make a Family Plan:

  • Find out which facilities in your area will be used as emergency shelters
  • Designate a meet-up location if your family is separated and a family contact outside of your area who would not be affected by a local disaster
  • Ensure your child’s care facility has your most recent contact info, and has its own plan for responding to emergencies.

Teach Children:

  • Their basic personal information
  • Best contact number
  • How to dial 911

Have a Communication Strategy:

  • Ensure all cell phones have an “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) contact programmed into them
  • Remind family members that text messages can often get through even when a call can’t

Stock Up at Home:

  • Keep an available supply of water, flashlights, battery-powered radio and extra batteries and personal hygiene items for kids and adults
  • Stock up on non-perishable food items like formula, pre-packaged baby food, ready-to-eat canned foods (and opener!), dry cereals and protein bars and vitamins
  • Make medical supplies like fever reducers, antibacterial ointments and children’s medications part of your emergency kit

Create a “Go” Kit:

  • Prepare a backpack for each family member with essential hygiene items and contact information should you need to leave home.  “Go” kits should include:
    • Each child’s contact and medical info
    • Recent photo of each child
    • Comfort food and treats
    • Activity items like books and games
    • Comfort items like a stuffed animal or blanket