Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Provident Living...72 Hour Kits!

Am I an Ant or a Grasshopper?
Most everyone is familiar with the Aesop's Fable of  "The Ant and the Grasshopper" where the grasshopper had fun and played the summer away while the ants worked dilligently to put away food for the cold winter months to come.  When winter came...he was left out in the cold, unprepared.  It's hard to imagine during times of peace and plenty that a cold winter of hardship and disaster could be lurking just down the road.  The recent tornados, earth quakes, and a bad economy have been an eye opener to many people and have inspired them to get to work...to prepare for hard times ahead.  Cindy's post today at Rick-Rack and Gingham really made me think.  You should visit her blog...she's a true "Country Woman."

72 Hour Kits...
Natalie's 72 Hour Kit
This 72 Hour Kit is one I found on Pinterest. It belongs to Natalie at Endless Crafting, and is one of the best kits I have seen.  She has kits for each member of her family and a binder with important documents.  After I "pinned" this, my husband set me up a shelf unit just like this in the little utility room at the back of my pantry.  Yesterday was spent updating the food and clothing in our individual backpacks and taking inventory of our long term food storage.

My 72 Hour Kit...

As you can see...my 72 hour kit is still a work in progress.  I haven't yet made a binder for our documents. My kit includes individual backpacks of extra clothing, water, first aid supplies and emergency food and snacks for my husband and myself. (I still need to account for my adult daughter and sister who live with us...the cast of characters is ever changing =D)  There is a large duffle with emergency supplies... flashlights, radio, backpacker stove, cooking supplies...the list is very long.  Another backpack holds freeze-dried entrees...enough for almost a week...but there is enough food in our individual packs to hold us for at least 72 hours.  I still need to add cash to my kits...small bills and change

Other evacuation items include a tent, ground covers, sleeping bags, camping pillows and a 5 gallon bucket with a portable toilet seat.  We also have pets that need to be taken into consideration.  We have put together a kit for our dog, Daisy.  But our cats may need to be left in the home...and that may be a difficult situation...keeping them safely contained.  What we can take with us, also depends upon the conditions we will be facing and the time allowed to evacuate.  If we are given little notice, then we may only be able to grab our backpacks.

If you are interested in getting more prepared with an evacuation kit, but don't know how to get started, FEMA has instructions here PDF for FEMA Family Emergency Kits.  Like they say, "It's never to late to prepare until it is."

If you have anything you would like to share on this topic, please leave a comment.
I need all the help I can get. =D


Cindy said...

Oh Shirley thanks for the shout out...and a heaping big thanks for this post.
I feel so strong about this...but I need more women to come forth and help spread the word anad to teach the newbies.

Hugs and blessings..Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

vintage grey said...

Great post!! Being prepared is the best way to go!! Look on Amazon for supplies and bulk food, we have found a lot of things for our kits for a good price! Have a great week!! xo Heather

Dorothy said...

Hi Shirley, I like your idea for an emergency kit for each member of the family and a place for your documents. We do have the occasional hurricane down here to contend with and drinking water is always in short supply. Have you ever watched the show on Natgeo channel called "Doomsday Preppers"? It's a hoot, but they do have some good ideas on food and water storage.

grammycarolynn (flickr) said...

Thank you, Shirley, for the most helpful and inspiring post! My husband and I have invested in these necessary preparations in the last few years. You have given so much great advise! Documents are something that I hadn't thought about..Such good information. I am looking forward to attending a presentation this coming week on these very issues.
Thank you so much for sharing your expertise, my sweet friend!

Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

Oh my goodness, I guess I should make a kit for an emergency. I just figured I could live forever down in my new sewing studio. But, you're right, there are a few other items I might need . . . chocolate, Diet Coke, water, kleenex, and a few others.
I loved your comment you left on my latest post. Your grandma was wonderful to do that for you, bless her heart. I hope you still have that box. My grandma just showed me how to take my first stitches on her old black Singer and got me started. I never really would have learned if it wasn't for her. I miss her. I only dabbled a couple times in sewing until I was married, then decided that I needed to make everything since it was more economical. Now I do it because I want to. I hope grandmas all over the world are passing down the love and lessons of making things with our own two hands.

Sir sheamus said...

Marvelous work pals, I love reading your articles.
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