Urban Skills > 72-Hour GO Kits

"In the event you need to evacuate at a moments notice and take essentials with you, you probably will not have the opportunity to shop or search for the supplies you and your family will need. Every household should assemble a disaster supplies kit and keep it up to date."       - F.E.M.A.
With the events surrounding hurricane Katrina and other weather anomaly, economic downturn and general civil unrest on most Americans minds, the need for greater self-reliance and emergency preparedness is more expedient than ever.
The 72 Hour kit has become the recognized standard for personal and family emergency preparation. Historical evidence suggests, in the event of national or local emergency, within 72 hours or three days government assistance will normally be restored and necessities made available. Until  that time, what can YOU do to better prepare you and your family to survive an emergency?
The First step in preparing your families emergency kits is to understand survival priorities, "How long can we live without potable water?", "I am afraid of starving without my 3 meals a day, how long can we last without?", "How do we prioritize our needs in an emergency?" etc. The answer: LEARN THE RULE OF 3's!! This simple set of survival rules will give you the needed ammo to understand what is required by each of us to stay alive, evaluate commercially available emergency kits and better understand ourselves and the amazing bodies each of us possesses.
 WHAT should you put in your 72-hour emergency kits?
The following is a list of 10 concepts meant to help you maximize the effectiveness of the emergency kits you prepare. Preparing your own Emergency kits allows the flexibility, thoroughness and customization to your families unique needs and circumstance.
  1. Your BRAIN is your most valuable tool. Learn as much as possible about preparedness and self-reliance, first aid and community emergency response.
  2. Each kit should be tailored to meet the needs of each user as well as seasonal and environmental variance.
  3. Your emergency kits need not be expensive. Assemble the basics adhering to the "Survival Rule of 3's" and expand as resources become available. 
  4. Components of your kits should be as multi-functional as possible. For example: large Contractor grade trash bags can be used as improvised shelter, water storage and collection or emergency ponchos.  
  5. Get the family involved! Have each family member participate in the creation and upkeep and review of kits. Establish a "Emergency Plan"(see below) for your family, insure each family member knows the plan, rehearse regularly!
  6. Your kits should be portable and kept in a single convenient location. Accessible to all family members. Kits should be packed in portable containers (backpacks, duffel bags, rolling suitcases etc.) suitable to fitness levels of carrier. You may be required to evacuate in a moments notice.  
  7. Twice a year rotate perishable items. Attention should be paid to stored water, food and first aid items. Keep a record of contents and date sensitive components. Don't Pilfer your kits for daily needs, when an emergency occurs you want your cache to be complete! 
  8. Plan for comfort as well as survival. After facing the trauma of a natural calamity, a "box of pouches and space blankets" isn't going to cut it! Choose items, which will afford a certain level of comfort and familiarity.
  9. Include entertainment items, scriptures, playing cards, games to occupy time, provide distraction and slice of normalcy.
  10. Don't forget the pets!
For a comprehensive list of 72 Hour Kit contents CLICK HERE
Family Emergency Plan
Your familie's survival in an emergency involves not only preparedness but also PLANNING!! 
Plan ahead and Practice, Practice, Practice!
When creating your Family Emergency Plan:
  • Write your plan down & post were everyone has easy access.
  • Include content list and locations of emergency kits, house floor plans, important family medical information & emergency telephone numbers: police, fire, hospital, family physician, local and out of state contacts, nearest relative & work numbers.
  • Educate your family and yourself on possible emergencies i.e. earthquake, flood, fire, civil unrest....etc., for your geographic location. Kits and plans should be tailored to meet your needs for the most likely potential disaster. 
  • Keep your plan simple, you will have enough stress and worry as distraction.
  • Involve every family member in the creation and implementation of ALL preparedness planning.
  • Establish primary and secondary "meeting" places i.e. local church, fire or police station etc.
  • Include "communication contact": identify a family member or friend outside of your area who can be contacted to relay locations and messages.
  • Always address "5 W's: Who, What, Where, When & Why".



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