This is a quick and easy 72-hour emergency kit for survival just about anyone can use to get started on their preparedness journey. (PRINTABLE below). I recently taught a very short class on being prepared with food storage and emergency preparedness items. I mentioned in the class that 72-Hour Emergency Kits are great, but we need MORE than just that bag to survive for an extended period of time. Here’s the deal, I bought Mark and I bags with wheels, I can’t throw that bag on my back and go walking or hiking. I wish I could say I’m physically fit for just about anything. No, I’m not. I’m working on making my body healthier and stronger, but it takes time and diligence. I’m doing it one baby step at a time. I started with swimming and walking. My decision to purchase bags with wheels works for Mark and I because we don’t want to put them on our backs because of the weight.
I’m asked all the time, “What food should I put in my 72 hour kits?” There are many ways to do this, but I like to add items I can just add water to or I can eat right out of the can or a bag. I bought smaller size pantry cans with foods that I like and will eat if I have to evacuate and go down to a school gymnasium or church facility. Please remember, you need water, lots of water. I recommend 4 gallons per day per person. The American Red Cross suggests 1 gallon per person, I’m already thirsty just typing 1 gallon.
You may want to know how to tag your 72-hour bug out bags for survival, just in case you get hurt during or after a disaster. When I first started teaching food storage and emergency preparedness classes I designed a tag so every class member could attach it to their own 72-hour kit. I wanted a tag to remind people running out the door with their 72-hour bag to grab their prescriptions, their pet care materials if they have a pet and one card with names and phone numbers and their important documents binder. The “binder” stands for the binder contents that I designed for Food Storage Moms FREE printable sheets for an emergency binder. The binder would include your important documents you wouldn’t want to leave behind in case your home was destroyed. The reason for the name and phone numbers is if someone loses their bag, or is hurt and unable to communicate, or if you get separated from your 72-hour kit you still have some critical information with you that you more than likely will need. I used cardstock and laminated mine to protect the information on the tags, and then secured them to my 72-hour bags. I have two sets of cards to choose from, one with pets and one without pets.
Forget your 72-hour bug out bag you need more. It’s quite simple, what we used to think was acceptable in a 72-hour bug out bag or kit was okay. It’s not. Before anyone gets too excited let me explain my thinking. In the last 15-20 years, I think a 72-hour bug out bag or kit was the thing we all did. Well, we need to up our game people. I have been looking online at some groups that have a list of maybe 20 items and it all fits in a gallon container. No water. WHAT? Crazy, huh? Yep, that’s what I said. I looked at some of the items on the list that filled the gallon jug with a handle, I would not eat 99% of the food items on the list. If I was starving, of course, I would have to eat it, right? But I would be so thirsty from all the sodium!
Today I’m talking about Hurricane Katrina and how one family survived. I actually did a short interview with him about his experience. I watched this young man grow up, waterski barefoot, and our families shared a few road and boat trips together. I can still remember the day he got married and his beautiful wife with family surrounded enjoying this special day. He was going to be a doctor so off he went with his new wife to do his residency at Tulane University in New Orleans. Now fast forward to August 29th, 2005. I love to watch CNN on the television when I write, and all of sudden I heard that Hurricane Katrina had hit Tulane. I can still remember asking my husband to call our friends to make sure his son, wife and now two children were okay. My heart is beating faster as I write this.
About a year ago I wrote a post about 72 hour kits with small bills included for various reasons. Today I want to explain some of the reasons why we may all need cash. I am talking small bills, like ones, fives, tens and some twenty dollar bills. If we were to lose power some of those debit cards might not work because the banks may have lost their power as well. This means we may not have access to the money we all have in the bank, credit union or the stock market.
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