72 Hour Kit

Be prepared for hurricane, tsunami and other natural disasters

Be prepared for hurricane, tsunami and other natural disastersAre you prepared for a disaster?

Do you have a 72 hour kit?

Most disaster preparedness agencies, including the Red Cross and FEMA suggest that you have an emergency kit that has a minimum of 72 hours of food, water and essential supplies.  These kits have different names like a Bugout Bag, Preparedness Kit, and Survival Bag, to name a few.  Regardless of the name, a 72 hour kit will help you get thru the most likely emergencies like storms, earthquakes, tsunami and other unexpected natural or man-made crisis.  Your 72 hour kit should be easily accessible, and portable.  If you already have a kit, did you inspect it recently?  Does it have enough food and water for each member of your family, including pets?  You should check the contents AT LEAST annually.  Are the batteries for your radio and flashlight still good?  Is the food and water fresh?  Does any clothing still fit?  Is the backpack or carrier still sturdy?

Once you have a basic 72 hour kit, expand on it to contain additional resources and can last for more time.  Add another kit to each of your vehicles.  Stock up now.

Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security.  Just because a hurricane hasn’t hit Hawaii for over 25 years doesn’t mean one isn’t around the corner.  Once a disaster hits, the time to prepare has past.

So what should a 72 hour kit contain?  Stay tuned, and I will make some suggestions…

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