I lived through the Teton Dam that burst in Idaho. My sister and I were in another town 30 minutes away shopping and everyone kept huddling around a radio in different stores. When we found out why, we knew we needed to get home as fast as we could.
The police had the roads blocked to get out of town, so we begged them that we knew the way up over the dry farms to get home. We did not have cell phones back then. (uh oh my age is showing) As we came up over the hill there was water and devastation everywhere.
When we were able to go to our homes my sister and brother took boats to theirs and we drove. There was so much damage. We had someone’s pictures and kitchen cupboards in our back yard plus other things. The water had gone into our basement and it took a lot of bleach to clean it up. It was a HUGE DISASTER!
We were not prepared! Would your family be ready if a disaster happened near you? Lets talk about what we need to keep at home if this or any emergency would happen, and we hope it never does!!
A basic kit your family should have is a 72- Hour kit. Having a 72-hour kit available for each individual in your family can be a life saving item.
You may be wondering, “Why the 72 hour kit and not the 24 hour or 32 hour kit?” After an emergency situation, it usually takes approximately 72 hours for an outside party to reach victims. You may need to survive on your own after a disaster.
This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately.
You could get help in hours, or it might take days. Basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer. Or, you may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you.
You probably will not have the opportunity to shop or search for the supplies you need. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items that members of a household may need in the event of a disaster.
I would recommend a big backpack with all of this so if things are bad you can just grab it and go and not spend 3 hours rummaging around boxes in the attic to find the camping container “you know is up here somewhere”.
Update your 72 Hour Kit every six months (put a note in your calendar/planner) to make sure that: all food, water, and medication is fresh and has not expired; clothing fits; personal documents and credit cards are up to date; and batteries are charged.
So lets talk about some of the above items and where you can get them.
First spend some time developing a Family emergency binder. (Learn All About This From a Bowl Full Of Lemons)
Assemble everything into a binder and update it regularly! You should include the following in this Family Binder…..
- Copies of important family documents: Birth certificates, marriage certificates, driver’s licenses, social security cards, wills, medical directives, deeds, and titles
- Medical paperwork
- So Important…..List of medications and dosages
- Bank and insurance account and password information
- Maps of the local area
- Important family and local phone numbers listed in your cell phone.
- Family plan for a house fire, natural disaster, or acts of terror
- Family rally location
- Cash or travelers checks
So important Water (at least one gallon per person, per day) Pets should be counted also when figuring water.
Quick Tip…When diluted to nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. You can also use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per one gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe, or bleaches with added cleaners.
Radio (battery or crank)…. With so many uses this is a must have in everyone’s household, emergency kit.
Solar cell phone charger….Rugged, solar chargeable and has Qi charging capability.
Nylon Rope….Whether it’s hanging clothes, constructing a shelter, or securing an item to your car this multi-use, shock-resistant rope is a practical tool to have at your disposal.
Personal care items for each member of your family (toothbrushes, toothpaste, wipes, deodorant, diapers, feminine hygiene items)
Pain medication, such as ibuprofen, Children’s Tylenol, or Aleve
Manual Can Opener…..This opener is amazing. Works great and fits in a drawer so no need to have it sitting out. Would definitely recommend this opener if you are looking for a automatic opener.
Whistle……I bought these to keep one on my key chain and one in my emergency bag. They are very high-pitched which is what you want in a good quality whistle.
Flashlights….an important part of any kit as they can give light when no other source is available
Folding Shovel…..Great size. Compact, foldable and easy to carry. The extra accessories are a nice bonus!
Another important thing to have are Emergency ID Cards with Pertinent Information about your children for them to carry in their school emergency kits, and your emergency bags. Check out this Free Printable from Mom with a PREP.
A must for every Family Emergency Kit…. Sillcock Keys. They provide a way to access emergency water sources in industrial and public buildings.A Sillcock Keyis a must for every family emergency kit. You can purchase one at Amazon for only $7.70!
- USGS Earthquake Information
- The Weather Channel *
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- The American Red Cross *
- Provident Living
- Warning systems and signals
- The Prepping with Kids Series
Get Your Family Prepared and Have a Plan In Place.
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