In case of a natural disaster or other emergency, hundreds of families may be required to evacuate their Farr West rental homes with very short notice. Have you ever wondered if you can directly provide all your family would need to survive for several days? If you’re ready with a 72-hour kit for your family, you won’t need to bother. You will have everything you and your family needs, ready to go.
As stated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Ready.gov), every family must be prepared for disasters and sudden evacuations. You can do that by creating a basic disaster tool with appropriate essentials to last at least three days. A 72-hour kit should have the basics like food, water, medicine, and other necessities. Even though several prepackaged emergency kits are available to purchase, they are overpriced, and sometimes they do not provide products that fit your family’s unique circumstances. The safer and more affordable option is to make a 72-hour kit for you and your family.
How do you prepare an emergency kit? There is a guide for how to make a simple emergency preparedness kit on Ready.gov. Think about this list as a reference for your family’s 72-hour kit. For example, you’ll need a way to maintain and carry your items expertly and to keep the elements out. There are a few choices to choose from like a duffel bag, backpacks, or plastic bins. Therefore, you need to ensure that all of the stuff in your kit are secured in airtight plastic bags to keep them safe and dry.
Once you’ve got a safe way to store and carry your emergency kit, you can start adding basic items like water and food. Ready.gov has an entire list you can download and print. But a good rule of thumb is to add at least one gallon of water per person per day in your kit, plus a three-day supply of non-perishable food items for each person. If you want to use canned goods in your kit, remember to add a manual can opener. Other necessary survival supplies, such as flashlights, extra batteries, matches, or a lighter, a first aid kit, moist towelettes, and garbage bags, should also be included in your kit. Add any prescription medications or medical supplies your family might need too. If you have available space, consider adding one change of clothes and shoes per person and a blanket or sleeping bag.
After you have completed the basics, you can start adding items depending on your family’s circumstances. For instance, if you have infants or pets in your family, don’t forget to include baby supplies and pet food in your kit. It may also be important to add things like feminine hygiene products, contact lens solution, or over-the-counter medications that are used regularly. Eventually, you can start placing copies of important family documents, identification records, and cash or traveler’s checks in your emergency kit. Make sure that your cash and passports, as with all other paper records, are protected in a waterproof bag.
An essential aspect of having a 72-hour kit for your family is to maintain it every year. It is vital to find out if the food products are already expired, replace them as required, and update your kit as your family’s needs change. Finally, you must identify where you should put your kit. Choose a secure and convenient-to-access location just in case you need to leave in a hurry. Make sure every family member knows where this kit is. It is also a great idea if you keep a smaller emergency kit for your vehicle if anything happens when you’re away from home.
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