(Before It's News)
We live in perilous times and it is important to be prepared for events that could take place. Events such as terrorism, hurricanes tornadoes, earthquakes, civil unrest are all too real in today’s world. Therefore being ready, being prepared is of utmost importance for you and your family.
The first 72 hours after a major disaster or crisis is one of the most crucial periods after the event takes place. Therefore, this discussion focuses on what you might want to consider having in your 72-hour emergency kit. The following items are suggestions for you to consider for your 72-hour emergency stash or kit.
Plenty of drinking water
At least 3 days worth of non-perishable food items, consider storing more
Old-fashioned non-electric can opener
Battery operated lanterns
Battery powered crank radio
Extra change of clothes including underwear (climate appropriate)
Feminine hygiene products
First aid kit
Hand sanitizer, moist towelettes, and trash bags
Old fashioned map of the area
Plastic eating utensils, paper plates and paper cups
Some cash on hand
The above is only some of the suggested items but it is at least a start. Consider that on average, a person needs at least one gallon of water per day and if you have pets, then you will need additional water. In addition, nursing mothers, elderly, and the sick may need more than one gallon per day of water. You will need water for brushing teeth; washing up etc…you get the picture, water, water and more water.
Consider any special needs that any of your family members might have and prepare accordingly. Have a plan of action and be prepared, talk with your family and build your 72-hour emergency kit or you might consider purchasing a kit. Either way do it for yourself and your family, be prepared.
Please remember each emergency comes with its own set of circumstances and issues, therefore you can never be too prepared. See http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit
for more information on building a kit and disaster types.