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Prep Quick Tip #20: Take Those Family Photos

If you are separated from your child at the amusement park or during a disaster, how will first responders know who to look for? Keep recent family photos on your phone and in your emergency bag to help in identification during an emergency, especially for children!

PQT #20: Keep photos handy of you and your children in your bags or pockets for easy identification in case you are separated. Read more at Momwithaprep.com

If your child normally carries a bug out bag, or has an emergency kit at school, make sure to keep a photo of your whole family in it. Tuck it into their pants pocket when you’re traveling so that you don’t have to worry about it being separated from them. This can be good for those kids who have some separation anxiety as well as having a photo to help reconnect your family during a disaster.

In a time of crisis when you need all the help you can get to get your children back to safety, this is a really simple one – especially in the days of digital cameras and home printing.

You can print off photos and laminate them and hold them together with a keychain, or you can do mini photo albums like this to have something a little sturdier.


Do you have emergency ID cards with pertinent information about your children for them to carry in their school emergency kits, your emergency bags or even their pockets when on a field trip? Check out this free printable from Mom with a PREP.

Reader Tip:  If you’re going out for the day with your kids, make sure to take photos of them before you leave on your smart phones to have truly updated pics, just in case.

Additional Note to those of you visiting from the survivalist forum – not every end of the world moment is going to be the end of the world with no hope. Our own smaller ‘end of the world’ moments take some preparing, too. If I were separated from my child in a crowd and needed help finding him/her, I will be glad that I have a current photo of him on my cell phone to help everyone look for him with me (or him have a photo of me in his pocket for anyone to know whom they are looking for if we are separated. I don’t prepare solely for surviving in the wilderness when all hope seems to be lost. Our family’s own ‘shtf’ moments also need preparing for. If my husband loses his job, I can rest assured that I have a means and a way to keep my family going, without relying on the government. Preparedness-minded folks aren’t all about only stocking up what’s in your pantry and hoping for the best. Don’t make an assumption that we aren’t also learning to survive without the grid, without society. It’s so much more than just living on beef jerky in the woods alone.

To see more quick tips, click below:

Emergency Quick Tips from Mom with a Prep Blog

If you want to learn how to store your family’s digital memories safely, check out this recent post where I share all of the options.

Keep recent family photos on your phone and in your emergency bag to help in identification during an emergency, especially for children!

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Katy Willis is a writer, lifelong homesteader, and master herbalist, master gardener, and canine nutritionist. Katy is a preparedness expert and modern homesteader practicing everyday preparedness, sustainability, and a holistic lifestyle.

She knows how important it is to be prepared for whatever life throws at you, because you just never know what's coming. And preparedness helps you give your family the best chance to thrive in any situation.

Katy is passionate about living naturally, growing food, keeping livestock, foraging, and making and using herbal remedies. Katy is an experienced herbalist and a member of the CMA (Complementary Medical Association).

Her preparedness skills go beyond just being "ready", she's ready to survive the initial disaster, and thrive afterward, too. She grows 100% organic food on roughly 15 acres and raises goats, chickens, and ducks. She also lovingly tends her orchard, where she grows many different fruit trees. And, because she likes to know exactly what she's feeding her family, she's a seasoned from-scratch cook and gluten-free baker.

Katy teaches foraging and environmental education classes, too, including self-sufficient living, modern homesteading, seed saving, and organic vegetable gardening.

Katy helps others learn forgotten skills, including basic survival skills and self-reliance.

She's been published on sites such as MSN, Angi, Home Advisor, Family Handyman, Wealth of Geeks, Readers Digest, and more.

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