ID Kits for the Family
Once you have children you automatically begin to worry about their safety. There is the constant worry about what would happen if they become hurt and lost. You teach them about what to do when approached by strangers. Basically you watch over them and try to do everything you can to make them safe. Do you have an I.D. kit prepared for your children? If the worse were to happen would you be prepared for that emergency? The best and most comprehensive program can be found at Child Shield USA
I suggest that you put together a simple identification kit for each of your children. Your kit should include a recent photo of your child. Take the time to write down the identifying features of your child. This should include your child’s name, age, height, weight, hair and eye color. This will save you time so that you can focus more on finding your child. You should also have your child fingerprinted.
ID Kits assist parents in easily creating a confidential and extremely comprehensive record of their child’s personal and medical information, to keep at home for use in an emergency. When a child is missing, first few hours are crucial to recovery. During this very emotional time, parents often search for current photos and cannot always remember their child’s most basic characteristics. ID Kits enable parents to immediately give police a complete and accurate description, saving precious time, and hastening the search.
Recording your child’s fingerprints is particularly important. Why? Not only because everyone’s fingerprints are unique, but also because they don’t change over time like physical appearances. We also recommend that you update the photos of your kids in the kits at least once a year. This survival kit contains all the basics your child will need to survive in case of emergency contained in a handy backpack.
Child ID/DNA Kit:
A Child ID Kit enables parents to provide immediate and essential information for the search, recovery and rescue of a missing child. Keeping accurate, complete and up-to-date records of your child is critical when supplying information to law enforcement for investigation. Your child’s ID Kit should include: Your child’s complete name and any nicknames
Physical information: age, height, weight, gender, hair color& length, eye color, etc….
Other identifiable information: location of scars, birthmarks, glasses, braces, bruises, broken bones, tatoos, etc…
Medical history including any medicine that may be needed
Recent pictures: Be sure to keep updated color photos of your child. The most useful photos are clear candid photos, front and side views, updated yearly.
A list of your child’s friends, teachers, bus drivers, babysitters and their phone numbers.
Your child’s hobbies and hangouts.
Your child’s email addresses and web sites (i.e.: his/her MySpace or Facebook accounts, etc…
Additionally, we recommend securing the following forensic indicators for effective search, recovery and rescue: Secure and store Fingerprints. Fingerprints can be recorded on a standard fingerprint card with ink or through state of the art digital technology. We advises all parents to secure a copy of your child’s fingerprints and further recommends that the prints be taken by a certified fingerprint techinician for the most reliable results.
Secure and store a Scent Article. Have your child remove a piece of clothing that he or she has been wearing all day (a sock provides an excellent sample) and have the child place it in an envelope. Do not allow anyone but the child who wore the article of clothing to touch it or the envelope. Store the envelope in a safe deposit box or temperature controlled container. Scent Article stored in this manner should last indefinitely.
Secure and store a DNA sample. (1) Blood Drops can be collected using sterile cotton or wait until your child gets a cup or scrape. Collect the blood sample on a band-aid. Completely dry before storing; (2) Baby teeth; or (3) Hair with root. Wrap each sample separately in dry paper. Place sample in separate paper envelope (never use plastic). The envelope should be sealed with tape covering each seam. Place initials of collector and sample date on the envelope touching both the tape and the envelope using permanent ink. Each envelope should clearly indicate the child’s name, the name of the person who collected the sample, and the date the sample was collected. Store in a safe deposit box or temperature controlled container. DNA samples stored in this manner should last indefinitely.