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Is Your Family Prepared? 5 Tips for Putting Together 72-Hour Kits

The last thing anyone wants to think about is a disaster, but you cannot avoid them. From hurricanes and tornadoes to fires and blizzards, you have probably experienced at least one of them and, if not, you will. The key to survival is how well you have prepared for them. The following tips will help you put together your 72-hour kits for each member of your family:

Food and Water

Each member of your family should have enough food and water for three days packed in their kit. No perishables should be packed as the kit. Instead, pack canned food items or items that can be mixed with water to create a meal, like packages of oatmeal or even macaroni and cheese. The important thing is to have food that is going to last in storage.

Personal Hygiene and Health Products

Each member should also have a three day supply of personal hygiene and health products. If a member is on medication, this must be packed as well. A first-aid kit is also important to take with you as one emergency can easily lead to another in a disaster situation.

Emergency Supplies

Each member of your household should also carry a flashlight and extra batteries in their packs. As part of these emergency supplies, you must consider the seasonal changes. If you live in the northern area where it snows, you must be sure to have the proper clothing and gear for the weather. During an emergency situation, the last thing you need to worry about is hypothermia.

Supplies for Survival

It is also imperative to think about what will happen if your emergency situation lasts for more than three days or there is no shelter. Adults in the home should carry a way to make fire. If carrying matches, be sure they are in a waterproof container. Other survival supplies to consider are a knife, a folding saw, a whistle, and a small battery operated radio. The emergency preparedness experts at Brownells have a section on their website complete with any type of survival gear you might need while also offering coupons and discounts through discountrue.com to help you save money.

While you may hope that you will never have to use your 72-hour kits, the chances are likely that you and your family will need them. By taking the above advice in packing them, you can be sure that you and your family’s immediate needs will be met and that you can protect your family from potentially dangerous situations brought on by the situation you find yourself in.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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