What to Put in a 72-Hour Kit by mcclainmy


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									What to Put in a 72-Hour Kit
Nobody ever thinks that they will have to
evacuate their home, and thankfully, most
people don’t generally find themselves in this
situation. Unfortunately, every year there
are always instances where families find
themselves being told to pack their essentials
and leave the area for their own safety.
While many people are able to go back to
their homes soon, there are always some
who have to stay away for longer periods of
time while the situation is dealt with. Ensure
that you and your family are ready in case of
an evacuation by preparing a 72-hour kit.

Food and Water
Most people assume that it would be easy to simply grab the food you have in your
house in the event of an evacuation. However, more often than not, the food
available in your pantry isn’t the best choice for bringing with you in an emergency
situation. And there’s always the chance that the water may be shut off during a
natural disaster. To prevent this, ensure that you have a three-day supply of water
and non-perishable food ready to go at a moment’s notice.

Although it may be tempting to think that grabbing clothes on your way out the door
is good enough, people do not always think clearly when under pressure, and the
last thing you need is to find out that one member of the family did not think to
bring essential clothing. Make sure that clothes are set aside and easy to carry if the
need arise. Pick clothes that are warm and waterproof so that your family will stay

Emergency Supplies
As evacuations tend to occur in the event of an emergency,
having emergency supplies on hand can be extremely
helpful. Usually this can be in the form of a first aid or
emergency preparedness kit. No matter what you call it,
always make sure that your emergency supplies include
bandages, hand sanitizer, medications, toiletries, a radio, and
a source of illumination (preferably a solar flashlight, which
does not need batteries).
Personal Documents and Money
Make sure to at least have a copy of legal documents and also ensure that your
driver’s license (or some form of identification) is in your possession. You should
also always have a couple hundred dollars in cash available if possible, as paying
electronically may not be an option in an emergency situation.

While nobody can predict exactly what will happen in an emergency, there are ways
to be prepared for one. Make sure your family knows not only what they should do
in various types of emergencies, but also what they should bring with them in the
event that your family has to leave the house. Involve the whole family in preparing
for an emergency and you’ll find that this will help you stay safe if an evacuation
does happen.

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