We gave our new month's goals:
- Getting a 2 week supply of water for another family member.
- Getting one full change of clothes & 3 pairs of underwear, socks & necessary items (tampons or pads, diapers & wipes) per 72 hour kit.
Here are some additional suggestions from the various sites that I noticed (this was on the hand out given tonight):
- Add money to your kit slowly, in small bills. Enough to fill your tank of gas or get you to a hotel room. People won't have change in an emergency & the ATM's will run out quicky too.
- Most people don't need a full size, heavy duty first aid kit. But the essentials would be a definite plus. Things to consider having in your own 72 hour kit: anti=diarrhea medicine, aspirin/tylenol, band-aids, personal hygiene items and any necessary prescription medications.
- Consider purchasing an emergency road kit and placing it in your car. Also add a case of water to the trunk or your car for any type of emergency.
- Kids will have a hard time processing what is happening around them during an emergency situation. Pack some games, books, hard candy (that won’t melt) or small dollar toys to distract them.
- Make sure to have copies of your important documents (birth certificates, bank accounts, id, marriage license, insurance information) in your bag. Make sure these are kept in a water safe container.
- Make an extra set of car keys, you’ll never be able to get a tow truck in an emergency.
- Single change of clothes is fine, but you’ll need the change of underwear & socks.
- Blankets (wool is warmest, even when wet), or sleeping bags will help keep the kids warm during the night.
- Make sure to pack a large rain poncho that you could cover them with also if necessary.
- Pick 2 reunion locations if you are separated.
- Talk about your 72 hour kits with your children and explain it to them, this will help them to understand the situation if it ever arises.