Top 10 Mistakes Found In Most 72-Hour Kits
Right on. If I bug out and cant use the car, I will have to walk 15 miles to get to a relative. I have 2 animals and they would not be left behind so Im already pulling 20# with one hand and have a backpack strapped on my shoulders. Im not sure how far one can walk (even if its good weather) at my age but I will try. Today its 15 below zero in the wind so walking is not an option. Weather man says exposed flesh will freeze in 15 minutes. Should it be necessary for me to leave in a hurry, I pray its in better weather and my car will work. Granny Mae MNNorth, Boy you folks have sure been getting hit hard up there ! I pray you dont have to bug out in the winter time too ! Just make sure you have a good set of tire chains! With my luck I would have to bug out in the middle of the summer when it is so hot you cant take a breath ! There is one thing I think everyone should carry in the car and with them everywhere and that is an umbrella.
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5. Pain. If you arent good at handling pain, learn proven techniques from someone you know who has done natural child-birthing, a midwife, birthing coach, or doula. In addition, consider carrying ibuprofen, anbesol, or even prescription pain medications. If you are concerned about a hurt pet, consider getting livestock lidocaine. (It requires a veterinarians prescription, but costs a fraction of human lidocaine.) 6. Bad Equipment. Almost every 72 hour kit that Ive bought or reviewed has had bad equipment in it. Some of the worst offenders have been multi-tools that dont work, matches that are brittle and break, knives that are dull, bandaids/tape that doesnt stick anymore, survival blankets that are worn through, and pumps (both water and liquid fuel camp stoves) that have dried out seals. The only way to know that bad equipment wont bite you in the butt is to test out all of your equipment every 6-12 months. 7. Can you use your equipment? If your firestarter is a glass or fresnel lens, can you make it work? Will it work in the late afternoon/evening? On a cloudy/smokey day? What would you do at night? What happens when you eat your survival rations? Can you stomach them? Do they keep you full? (If not, throw in some fiber capsules) Do you know how to start a fire with your flint and steel? Does everyone fit in the emergency shelter that you have? Can you carry your 72 hour kit/go bag if you have to leave your car on foot? In short, you bought a 72 hour kit/go bag to keep you alive in a worst case scenario. Does it does it do any good to carry around a bag full of stuff that doesnt work and that you dont know how to use? Dont trust anything. Take the time to test out the equipment that you expect to save your life. If it doesnt work, find a replacement that does work. Testing your equipment will mean that youll have to replace some and it means that youll have to repack it, but until you know everything works and that you can use it, it doesnt do much good to carry it around in your car. 8. Water.
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Updating 72-hour kit important part of emergency preparedness
Food This should be a 3-day supply for each person. Include foods from your stockpile that you already have or that you can pick up inexpensively. The meals should be easy and simple such as just adding water. Be sure to include some protein items too. Below is a breakdown of what I picked up and the price points. For some of the products, you might even be able to find it for a better price, and some of the products could be divided into multiple 72-hour kits.
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How to Make a 72-hour Kit
An emergency situation can happen anywhere, so a good idea is to have 72-hour kits prepared that will aid in survival for three days. A 72-hour kit should be made for each member of a family and be tailored to their specific needs. If there are children too young to carry their own 72-hour kit, then their essential items should be placed in their guardians 72-hour kit. It is also very important to keep the 72-hour kits up-to-date , as people are constantly growing and food goes bad. Food and Water Food and water are the most important items in a 72-hour kit because a person cannot survive without them. There are a variety of different food items that can be purchased specifically for 72-hour kits and they are similar to the items recommended for regular home food storage . They need to be nonperishable and high in calories. Here is a list of common items that are used: 1 gallon of water (more if there is space) Granola or energy bars Canned food like fruit, beans, and tuna Canned juice MREs (Meals, Ready to Eat) Candy or gum Change of Clothes A change of clothes should be included in everyones 72-hour kit. Include extra socks and a jacket as well. It is impossible to know what a person will be wearing when a disaster happens, so a change of clothes is a great way to ensure that a person will be warm when it strikes. Here is a list of miscellaneous clothing items that should be included: Change of clothes (include long pants, a shirt, underclothes, and socks) Poncho Extra shoes (if available) Equipment and Shelter The key here is to remember that the equipment in a 72-hour kit needs to be portable.
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Building a 72-Hour Kit on a Budget
Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story. 10 pics SALT LAKE CITY Some of those people who had to leave those neighborhoods near the Rockport Fire , only had just a few minutes to get out of their homes, which meant little or no time to collect any belongings, medicines and other necessary items in case of an extended evacuation. We’ve all been told that having a 72-hour emergency kit by the garage door, and in our cars is a good idea. Red Cross Training Specialist Ann Evans stresses the importance of having a fresh 72-hour kit ready for emergencies and evacuations like wildfires. Basic emergency supply kit items: Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food Battery-powered or hand Survival Bag crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both Flashlight and extra batteries Info: Ready.gov “A lot of people think, Oh, this is something that we’re going to do in the future,’ and then when tragedy hits or these wildfires hit, they think, oh this is something I should have done,’ ” Evans said. When you’re putting together a kit like this, chances are you already have many of the items at home, and you don’t have to go out and buy everything. Make sure to perform a check-up on your kit every six months or so. “A lot of people put these together like a year in advance and not check those,” Evans said. “So you really need to rotate those medications; you need to have some snacks. Need to have some cash, in case you can’t get to an ATM.” Also, have some medical information to refer to, just in case, and consider taking first aid and CPR training courses. They can be just as valuable as having the 72-kit.
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