Child ID Cards

There is little else more immediately heart-pounding than realizing your child is missing. You turned your head for just a second at the store and when you looked back, he or she is nowhere to be seen. In a flash, your mind races through all sorts of nasty scenarios as you call out your child’s name. 99.999% of the time, you find them quickly enough and probably scold them for walking away from you (with the reality being you’re scolding them for scaring the daylights out of you).

But, what if, Heaven forbid, your child were to really end up MISSING?

Many experts recommend having recent photos of your child on hand to aid law enforcement. Consider going one step further and doing up ID cards for each child. There are many different kits you can purchase online for this purpose but you can easily do it all on your own at home.

Using a digital camera, take a good head and shoulders picture of your child. Download this pic to your computer and copy it over to a document in your word processing program. Resize it down to be about the same size as a passport photo. An excellent way to format these cards is to use one of the built-in templates for business cards. Next to the picture, have the following information:

  • Child’s full name
  • Nickname(s), if applicable
  • Date of birth and age photo was taken
  • Height, weight
  • Eye and hair colors
  • Print out enough cards so that each parent can have one for each child in their wallet. This way, the parents will always have a current pic on hand when out and about, just in case.

    Like most of our preps, this is something we hope we’ll never truly need. But, better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

    Along these same lines, as soon as your child is old enough to do so, be sure to have him or her memorize their home phone number and address. Also, make sure they know your name. Don’t laugh, this is something most parents don’t think too much about but kids often don’t even realize their parents have names until they get older. They just know us as Mom and Dad.

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    Jim Cobb

    Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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    1. Both my boys are older now (19 & 17), but when they were younger my wife and I would carry pictures of them always. We updated the photos every 6 months. We prayed it would never happen, but we were always ready if it did.

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