The World is Scary–Be More Prepared Starting This Week
There is a never-ending list of reasons why the world is scary these days. There are so many things going on in the world! There are so many bad guys in places of power right now. There seems to be a rapid increase in crazy weather and 100 year storms, floods, and blizzards seem to happen every couple of years. Anything could happen at any minute. The question is: Are you ready for it if something does happen?
For most people in our country, and most families, the answer to that question is “No.” Most homes don’t have even a basic 72-hour kit.
Let me be absolutely clear when I say that a 72 hour kit could save your life, your spouse, or your children. There is NO excuse in the world for not having one when the cost can be so low. The world is scary, I’m not trying to be scarier. I don’t want anyone to read this article and not think twice about the decision to buy a few things extra for their home.
So, what is a 72 hour kit?
A 72 hour kit is what you should keep in your home at all times for emergencies. It should include things to get you and your family through 3 full days and nights without outside help. Try to imagine no cops, ambulances, nobody can reach you….that’s what this kit needs to be designed for. It should also be compact enough to go into your vehicle if you’re forced to evacuate.
To get started you don’t need to be fancy. It’s more important to have the kit, than to have the best of everything. The most forgotten item is a can opener, believe it or not! So try to focus on foods that you can eat without heat and without added water.
‘The World is Scary’ BASIC 72-hour kit:
- Prescription Medications
- Water (one gallon of water per person per day is recommended)
- Flashlight –this one is a cheap add-on item at amazon
- Map of your local area (you usually have to find them online and print them out because maps are hard to find these days!)
- Hand Crank Radio – this one from amazon does it all flashlight, weather radio, solar and crank powered, check it out.
- First Aid Kit – this little kit is perfect to start out with
- Chef Boyardee or SpaghettiO’s
- Tuna or Tuna Salad
- Peanut Butter
- Granola Bars
- Fruit Cups/Applesauce
The items listed there don’t cost that much. Even if you’re broke, you can pick up an extra can of ravioli or a can of tuna here and there. You put those away one by one, and before you know it your kit is complete and you get the PEACE OF MIND knowing that you’re prepared for a few rough days, at the very least. It is a huge relief knowing that your family wont go hungry or without water if there is an emergency!
Now those were just the basics, and you may have to change things up a bit if you are also preparing for someone who is elderly or have toddlers or infants. Obviously, you’ll want things they can eat and drink too! You may need to add in shelf stable milk (I got some at the dollar store!) or formula. Those are decisions you’ll have to make for you and your family. I always throw in some fun sized candies because if there is an emergency….I’ll be needing my ’emergency chocolate’ or I might hurt someone! LOL