Are you prepared for an emergency? We have seen many different types of emergencies happen within the last few years around the world and I often think to myself "how would I have handled that!" or "am I prepared for something like that?" The answer could be Yes! In my last ward I was the Emergency Preparedness Leader and one of our challenges was to help everyone in the ward build a 72 hour kit if they didn't already have one and help those who had one update it or improve it. In the past I have seen the long list of items that we should have in a kit and have immediately become overwhelmed! It seems kind of daunting to gather all of that stuff and can be expensive. You can buy a prepared kit from many online sources but if you want to build your own hopefully this can help you. I broke down a basic 72 hr kit list into 19 weeks (it was from sept. until the end of the year) and put a weekly recommendation in the ward bulletin. The ward had a great time following along each week.
I have heard a lot of great ideas for 72 hour kits:
- Keep them in the coat closet by your door
- Have a kit in the car
- Bring it out during conference weekend to check expiration dates
- have a mock emergency and try to live on the food for 3 days
I would also like to hear from you! Do you have any great 72 hr kit suggestions to share?
To see the 19 week breakdown either download the image below or double click on it to enlarge it. Hopefully that will work, if not let me know!