Check Your List Again For School Supplies You May Not Have Thought About


Over the next couple of weeks, teachers’ supply lists will be provided for specific course needs for students from kindergarten to college. The American Red Cross serving Arkansas has a few items to add to that list, plus a few tips to remember for a successful and safe school year.

Red Cross School Supplies

  • A first aid kit for home and dorm room.
  • An emergency preparedness kit for moms and dads who drive students to school, plus one for high school and college drivers’ cars. The kit should include flashlights and extra batteries, emergency flare lights, battery cable, a first aid kit, a blanket, a few nonperishable snacks and bottled water. Keep supplies easily accessible in a back pack or duffle bag in case you need to evacuate.
  • A car phone charger.
  • A paper state map.
  • A second emergency kit for dorm room with a first aid kit, flash light, extra batteries, nonperishable snacks and bottled water. Remember to toss in any medication or medical supplies your child may need.
  • If your student is 16 years or older, remind them to keep their blood donor card handy so they can donate at school. (Or, bring an ID and start donating at a school blood drive!)
Students at the University of Arkansas collect supplies for disaster victims. The same supplies should be in your college student's dorm emergency kit.

Students at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville collect supplies for disaster victims. The same supplies should be in your college student’s dorm room emergency kit.

Stay Aware:

  • Encourage students to stay aware and prepared for severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, flash floods and more with the Red Cross Emergency App. Use this app as a go-to resource, now that you aren’t in the next room to keep your children updated on severe weather! The app can provide alerts to more than 30 different emergencies and locations across the country, plus tips on how to prepare, respond and recover if you or your child are affected.
  • Download the Red Cross First Aid App to get expert advice for everyday emergencies. The handy app is useful for quick safety tips, and covers everything from cuts and scrapes to symptoms of hypothermia.
  • Sign up for your student’s college alert system. This can keep you and your student aware of concerns from severe weather to situations that may cause the campus to be on alert.

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