I was inspired to post blogs about emergency preparedness because when my grandparents came to visit they bought my family some food storage. Now my ward is handing out a lot of emergency preparedness handout. Which is just another example of how important having a food storage, 72 hour kit and other emergency preparedness items are.
This weeks ward handout was about 72 hour kits. It said:
"72 Hour Emergency Kit
By Rachel Woods, About LDS Guide, http://lds.about.com
- Update your kit every six months (put a note in your calendar/planner) to make sure that: all food, water, and medication are fresh (not expired), clothing fits, personal documents and credit cards are up to date.
- Small toys/games are important too as they will provide some comfort and entertainment during a stressful time.
- Older children can be responsible for their own pack of items/clothes too.
- You can include any other items you feel are necessary for your family's survival.
- Some items and/or flavors might leak, melt, "flavor" other items, or break open. Dividing groups of items into individual Ziploc bags might help prevent this.
Food and water
(3 day supply of food & water per person when no refrigeration/cooking is available)
- Protein/granola bars
- Trail mix/dried fruit
- Crackers/cereal (for munching)
- Canned tuna, beans, meat, Vienna sausages, etc ("pop-top" cans might leak/explode & Jerky can "flavor" other items)
- Canned juice
- Candy/gum (Jolly Ranchers can melt & mint gum might "flavor" other items)
- Water (1 gallon/4 liters per person)
- Change of clothing (short and long sleeve shirts, pants, socks, jackets, etc.)
- Rain coat/Poncho
- Blanket and Emergency Heat Blankets
- Cloth sheet
- Plastic sheet
Fuel & Light
- Battery lighting (flashlights, lamps)
- Extra batteries
- Water-proof matches
- Can opener
- Radio (with batteries)
- Pen and paper
- Pocket knife
- Duct tape
Personal Supplies & Medication
- First aid supplies
- Toiletries (roll of toilet paper-remove center tube to easily flatten into a zip-lock bag feminine hygiene, folding brush, etc)
- Cleaning supplies (mini hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, dish soap, etc. Warning: Scented soap might "flavor" food items.)
- Immunizations Up-to date
- Mediation (Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Children's medication, etc.
- Prescription Medication (for 3 days)
Personal Documents and Money
(Place these items in a water-proof container!)
- Scriptures (miniature ones are lighter)
- Genealogy Records
- Patriarchal Blessing
- Legal Documents (Birth/Marriage Certificates, Wills, Passports, Contracts)
- Vaccination papers
- Insurances Policies
- Credit Card
- Pre-paid phone cards
- Bag or bags to put 72 hour kit items in (such as duffel bags or hiking back packs which work great)
- Infant needs (if applicable)"