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Preparedness Goals Week of November 27

Okay, so now we are officially less than one month before Christmas!  28 days to be exact!  No, I am not that person who gets excited over Christmas.  I love the time we get to spend together with family and friends.  I love the good food.  I really don’t love spending money.  So dang much money.  Well not really, because I don’t spend a ton, I just can’t bring myself to do it.  I am trying to rethink Christmas again this year, wanting to make more memories instead of presents that we forget about a year later.  Any suggestions would be fantastic!

In your preparedness efforts, mixed with Christmas, keep in mind things that could cover both areas.  Are there things you could give that would help others become more prepared as well?  Think about it!  Maybe not as hard as this suggests, but give it some serious thought!

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Now onto our preparedness goals for this week.  I am positive by now, that I shouldn’t have to tell you to put $2 away per person in your household.  Right?  You should just have that as a given by now.  I shouldn’t have to tell you why again, especially if you come back to read more each week.  If you are new here, then browse back, to learn why you need an emergency cash on hand fund, and nope it isn’t for those date nights out when you want to go to a movie and can’t afford it.  Even though a movie once in awhile is nice, this emergency fund is not for that!

This week, instead of adding more water to your storage, maybe you could add one water filter or method of purification.  I think this might be a good place to throw in a Christmas present by purchasing a water b

Preparedness Goals Week of November 27

Treat yourself to a really good preparedness book for your preparedness goals this week. You can even wrap it up and put it under the tree! I love those kinds of presents!!

ottle for each member of your family.  Not just a regular bottle, but one that filters water as well.  You can pick them up most places for right around $20, and they would make a great stocking stuffer, or present for your family.  You know then at least you can each filter quite a bit of water and have something to drink.  Many of them filter 1000 gallons of water before you have to replace the filter.  Pretty sweet tool, and gift idea!  You could also add a bottle of bleach, and a bottle or two of water purification tablets, which are pretty inexpensive.  Find them in the camping section of any store like that.  Quick, inexpensive and valuable.

This week, we are going to add to our cooking and baking supplies again by adding vanilla and other extracts, and cooking spray for baking.  Maybe look at adding in some parchment paper as well.  I don’t use it a lot when baking, but have heard that is the best way to go.  I may have to experiment with it a bit more.  I however love cooking spray, it is quick, easy, and no mess.

To your emergency supplies this week, add batteries and one flashlight per bedroom.  If you already have a flashlight in each bedroom, add extra batteries for each kind.  We are the society who would say “I have a flashlight on my phone, so don’t need another one”, but when our power went out last time, it was karma because not one of us in my house had our phones charged up.  We were all watching our batteries to conserve what we had.  I do have a phone charger that is a crank thing, but we never reached that desperate point.  Haha.  We had flashlights, and most of them worked great, candles coming out the wazoo, and plenty of lighters.  I did end up throwing away 3 of my big camping flashlights because they just wouldn’t work any more, no matter what I tried.  So, regardless if you have a flashlight on your phone, you should also have a flashlight in each room in the house.  You can pick up those little led babies for cheap and they are amazing, so just go grab a few packs of them, and strategically place them in each room, so you will have light always.

Well done, with all your preparedness efforts!  You have had a great year of preparing, so now, go out and purchase a good preparedness book for yourself for Christmas.  Yes, I really mean buy yourself a good Christmas present, that will be valuable for years to come.  One of my big weakness’ is books.  I love to learn, I love to read.  I am going to get myself a good book as well.  We can compare notes later, okay?  Maybe even find a good one, and give it to family members for Christmas!

Now relax and have a great rest of your week!  Christmas is coming whether we want it to or not, so just breathe.

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Welcome back for another week of preparedness goals.  I hope you are learning and growing as I am.  Each week, I learn new things.  Each week, I take these preparedness goals and study a bit further into them, and it never ceases to amaze me, that there is always something else to learn!  Who knew?  Did you know, we don’t know it all?  That is why it is great to have a community of like minded people around us, because combined together, we make a whole.  I think of that often in the classroom I work in.  There are four ladies, and together, we make a great team!  Alone, we would not be near as efficient.  Same goes with preparedness!  Together we make a great team.  Doing it alone, we can’t do it all, and thus we are not as efficient.  And besides there is only so much a brain can hold!!!  Sometimes it hurts!  LOL

$2 to add to your emergency cash jar, seems like such a small amount, but sometimes even that small amount can test our commitment to prepare, right?  $2 per week, is pretty little in the big grand scheme of things.  You know what I find hard, is that I rarely have cash on me.  Everything is done with plastic!  And I rarely every go into a bank.  So, if you are like me, and never have cash to add to your “cash” jar, I recommend maybe you do it all at once.  Whether that is monthly or for the year, or however it works best for you.  If you have four people in your household for example, that

Preparedness Goals Week of November 20

Candy is an essential part of any preparedness goals and food storage program.

you are adding $2 per week to you jar for, let’s do the math.  $2 per week x 4 people would be $8 per week, x 4 would be $32 per month.  So add in $32 per month, once a month.  Better yet, just swing by the bank machine, take out a couple of $20 bills.  Go by an icecream cone with your sweetheart to make change, and drop all of the rest in your “cash” jar.  Easy peasy and you get a date out of it too!  If you are less ambitious than that, and don’t want to think about it at all, then you would multiple $2 x 52 weeks, which is $104 dollars, and for each person in your household, get that much cash and drop it in your cash jar.  But DO NOT only add $20 dollar bills.  Actually grab a roll of loonies or twoonies (or dollar bills if you are not Canadian) and put the change in the jar.  You want a good mixture of dollar bills and change for whatever might come your way.  So do it weekly, monthly, or yearly, it matters not.  What does matter is that you do it.

2 litres water per person per week, is a small price to pay, to have water on hand.  In fact it doesn’t have to cost you anything at all.  Water is free.  Perhaps you have to pay a small bit for the containers, but still it is pretty cheap. So why don’t more people do it?  I ask myself this all the time.  I think we live in such an instant world, where everything is literally available at the touch of our fingertips, whether that includes turning on a tap, flushing a toilet, or ordering something off the internet.  It is right there, wherever and whenever we want it.  It is hard for us to imagine it will ever go away.  I get it!  I often watch the news and think, those poor people who are living through whatever disaster it might be, and I sit back and give thanks that it isn’t me.  Somewhere in the back of my mind, there is that nasty little voice that is trying to trick us all, telling us that it will never happen to us, so we need not worry.  I have that voice too.  But it may, and very likely will, at some point happen to us.  Water is life to us as humans, and we had better secure our lives by making sure we store this life source.  It is free, or cheap, and it is precious, so regardless of what your little voice is telling you, store it!!!  Stick it away and forget about it, because someday it may save your life!

This week, for your food storage goals, add extras like jellos, syrups, candies, and things.  Hard candies have pretty much an indefinite shelf life, if kept dry and wrapped in their original wrapping.  Things like candy canes, jolly ranchers, mints, and such, if you stash a bunch of them in a bucket, and put them on the shelf with your wheat, nobody will ever know they are there, and you will always have a quick comfort food if needed.  I remember years ago, I stashed a large bucket of candy canes in a bucket.  It sat on my shelf for years, until my someone found it and

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Stay Warm! Be prepared with hand and foot warmers, and alternate heat sources.

took it home.  He liked to use them in with his white hot chocolate, so there went my supply.  Haha.  But point being, they sat on my shelf for probably 10 years before he found them, and they were still good!  Jellos are a great comfort food, but also they are great if you have sick kids.  When I was growing up, and we got sick, we lived on a farm and couldn’t run to the store to get gingerale or other things.  My mom would always make a package of jello, and let us drink it while it was warm.  It kept us hydrated, and gave us the sugar for energy, and tasted great.  It helped soothe an upset stomach as well.  Don’t knock it til you try it!  My kids – now adults – still like to drink it if they have an upset stomach or are sick.  Now the grandkids are doing it as well.  Small traditions like drinking warm jello, go a long way.  Jello is cheap, so get a stash of it on your shelf.  It has a really long shelf life as well.  I have used jello that has been many years old, and it has been just fine.  Get a variety, and get it on your shelf!  Use it for comfort food, every day food, and sickness food!

For your emergency preparedness supplies this week, add space heaters, as well as  foot and hand warmers to your storage.  You can get the foot and hand warmers pretty much everywhere, this time of year.  I have purchased them many places, but at Costco you can get a box of them, and regardless of the shelf life they say, I have some that are about 7 or 8 years old now, and they still work.  I tried one, and it got hot.  They may not last “as long”, I am not sure about that, but they do work.  So if you have some and they are expired, don’t throw them out.  Keep them.  They probably still work.  If in doubt, try one and see.

As far as space heaters go, do a little shopping around.  You can get electric ones, but in an emergency, when power is out, that isn’t going to work so well is it?  Nope!  I have a couple of these, and they are pretty slick little machines, but a tad pricey.  But they would do a wonderful job if your power was out and you were cold.  About a month ago, we lost power around here, and in some places it was out for 24 hours or more.  I talked to several people who said they spent the entire night in a truck stop restaurant because it was too cold in their house!  It wasn’t even cold outside yet!!  If you had one of these I guarantee you could be comfortable in your house, at least in one or two rooms, until you got power restored.

I have never used one of these, but have the plug in version of them, and it is an amazing heater.  This one is a bit cheaper that then one previous, but I think it would be a great tool in a cold power out situation as well.  Check it out!  I think I am going to pick up one of these myself, just in case.  Another thing to think about would be heat in a can options.  You know the ones where you stuff a toilet paper roll into a small paint can and fill it with rubbing alcohol, and pop the lid on.  They work pretty slick as well, but are more dangerous around little kids. If you are interested in how to make them, here is the method:  it comes from Food Storage Moms, and if you click on the picture, it will take you to her post and the recipe / method.  They are a great tool for house or in the car.  I have several and have used them often.  They are inexpensive and a great option, if you can’t purchase a propane type heater.

This week for your preparedness goals, you should also do an inventory of your paper products and plastic products.  Things like paper plates, paper towels, napkins, plastic utensils, plastic cups, etc.  I use a lot of these in the summer time, and at large family functions, which we always seem to have, so I tend to run out.   In fact, a couple of weeks back, when we had a pipe break, which flooded our kitchen and cupboards, and ya well…..  that is another story, but I figured we would just used paper and plastic for a couple of days until we could get the water fixed, and I didn’t have any plates or cups.  Thus off to the store to buy some,.  I think I am going to stash some, that nobody can find, except me, because then I will at least have some when a real emergency happens!  Haha.  I learned a few lessons over that small disaster, and I have a feeling the lesson learning isn’t over for it yet, as we are still in the repair process!

Stay warm, be smart, and prepare!  Be the kind of person you love!  Be the kind of person others can love!

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Christmas traditional recipes

Flu season, well it has been a bit crazy right?  Have you been considering what kinds of things you will need to keep stocked up on, that are not included in your weekly preparedness goals?  Things like herbs and essential oils that are useful for fighting flus.  Things like tylenol, and other cold medications that also are useful.  You see, I am a believer in both the natural methods and in the medical system.  I see no reason to avoid one or the other.  Perhaps you could read more about this, in my post here on the Synergy of Herbals and Modern Medicine.  Now I don’t really want to get us all side tracked and stuff, because I tend to do that often, but just keep these things in the back of your mind.  Knock on wood – I haven’t acquired this or that, nasty flu that is going around right now.  Kids at school

Christmas traditional recipes

Gathering traditional recipes is an important preparedness goal.

and even my own family are dropping around me, it’s crazy, but fingers crossed I am good still.  What have I been doing?  Using my immune essential oils – like all of the time – and taking my herbs of Astragalus, and Siberian Ginseng – like every morning!  I keep essential oils in the diffuser of my class room, running things like eucalyptus and lemon, and thieves.  And I have determined that I am not getting sick.  Like I said, fingers crossed, but it has worked for me so far!

Okay seriously, onto the preparedness goals for this week!  I got $2, to put in my savings jar, do you?  Makes me think of the Little Rascals, and I want to sing the song, I got $2, I got $2, I got $2 hey, hey, hey, hey!  Okay, not funny unless you are hearing me singing it!  And then it is hilarious, because, well I just don’t sing very well!  But again, add to your jar, $2 per person for the week.  That’s right $2 per person, for each person in our home!  Emergency cash only.  I don’t mean emergency cash for when you run out of money half way through the month!  I don’t mean emergency cash when you need to change the oil in the car!  I don’t mean emergency cash when you have no milk in the fridge for cereal!  I DO MEAN, emergency cash tucked aside, for that day when you have a crisis in your home!  The crisis might be the power is out and you can’t access your debit card to buy medicine, or the crisis might be, you have been evacuated from your home, and you remembered to grab your cash jar, (good on you!), now you can make it through a few days until you can access your debit or credit again!  You know, that kind of emergency is what I mean for your cash jar!  That cash jar may also sit there for a long time, before you ever need to access it, and that is great, for when you do need it, you will be so grateful you have it stashed!  Just do it, right?

Preparedness goals week of November 13

Great baking recipes of all kinds are an important part of tradition, and your preparedness goals. They help in every day cooking, and in our comfort cooking!

2 litres water per person, is what I recommend you tuck away somewhere in your home.  I know it can add up to a fair bit of water, especially if you have a large family, and that is good.  The average person, in Canada or US, uses 85 gallons of water per day.  That is for cooking, cleaning, bathing, etc.  Let’s just do a bit of quick math here:  85 gallons per day x 365 days, and you get a whopping 31,025 gallons of water that just you, one person, uses in one year in your household.  I am asking that you store 2 litres per week, or 1/2 gallon per person, per week.  Do the math.  .5 gallon x 52 is a mere 26 gallons for one person, YOU.  So let me ask you a question okay?  If you are used to using 85 gallons per day, and you now have to ration for your water to .07 gallons per day, how are you going to make that work?  Now thankfully emergencies don’t last forever, and you won’t likely have to ration to that extreme, but you may have to ration to 1 gallon per day, per person, and that will be severe enough over the course of the emergency.  The 45 minute long shower, I think, will have to go by the wayside.  Just sayin!

This week, for your food storage items to add for your preparedness goals, include, molasses, corn syrup, pancake syrup, brown sugar and icing sugar. It is after all the time of the year for making delicious meals, baking all kinds of goodies, and feasting!  So yes, it is important to have the sugars and syrups on your shelves.  They will last pretty much forever, so don’t overlook them.  Comfort foods, remember?

Let me talk Molasses for a minute!  I personally love molasses, but many people don’t even know what it is, let alone what to do with the stuff.  Molasses, is the byproduct of refining sugar cane into white refined sugar.  If they only refine it partially they end up with brown sugar, and if refined completely, is the white sugar.  Molasses has an indefinite shelf life, as does white sugar, and if you add a couple of tablespoons to your white sugar and mix it well, voila, you have brown sugar.  That simple! Blackstrap Molasses – Unlike highly refined sugars, it contains significant amounts of vitamin B6 and minerals, including calcium, magnesium, iron, and manganese; one tablespoon provides up to 20% of the recommended daily value of each of those nutrients. Blackstrap is also a good source of potassium.[8]  This is found on Wikipedia.  Here is the recipe to make brown sugar – in case you didn’t catch it earlier: 1 tbsp of molasses (or more depending on how dark you want your sugar) and one cup of white sugar.  Mix well.  You just made brown sugar!

Add Christmas baking recipes to your binder this week.  Everyone has their favorite Christmas tradition recipes that have likely been used for generations, or those that you have started with your own family.  Make sure these are in your recipe binder.  I hope you have been collecting recipes as we have been moving along week to week.  That recipe binder you have will become a family treasure.  One of those heirlooms that someone is going to “dibbs”.  Maybe at some point you will even be ambitious and type it all out nice and neat with pictures and get it printed into a book for Christmas presents for your kids.  Add in a few photos of them helping you make it, or stories of where each recipe comes from, and you have just created a true memory to treasure and hand down for generations.  Hint, hint, ideas here!  Great Christmas presents, are always those that include memories and traditions.  They mean so much more than just stuff!

These look fabulous!  Try something new this Christmas!  One of our favorite traditions, is Christmas Eve appetizers – oh man, I can hardly wait for the yummy food!

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Weekly Preparedness Goals

Welcome, welcome winter!  I don’t love winter, but if we must do it, then bring it on and let’s get it over with!  That’s kind of how I feel about it all.  There are those crazies – and maybe you are one of them – that love winter!  There’s gotta be one or two in every crowd right?  Power to ya!  I don’t love the cold, and I don’t love the extra mess that goes with snow and muck.  And…. working in a kindergarten class, trust me, it is a long process of dressing and undressing when we go outside.  I can be painful and messy, but they love it, so that’s what counts right?

Anyway, a slight sidetrack there.  Onto our preparedness goals for this week.  Spencer W. Kimball was a big teacher of preparedness as a way of life, and he taught that we must be “anxiously engaged in a positive program of preparation.”  It is not enough to hope for the best, we must prepare for it.  I really hope, that through all of these preparedness goals, the weeks and weeks of doing little things over and over, YOU have been creating preparedness into a way of life for your family.  It really is about the little things we do each day, each week, and each month.

Preparedness isn’t about buying a huge amount of food storage tomorrow, and then forgetting all about it.  It really is creating a lifestyle that incorporates it into everything you do.  You don’t have to become a “prepper” extreme!  You don’t even have to tell anyone you do it.  Your appearances on the outside don’t have to change if you don’t want them to.  It is the change inside of you, and inside of your home, that means something.  The change that slowly and steadily incorporates preparedness into your way of life, without making a huge deal out of it, that is what will stick.  That is the change that we need to do.  Keep that in mind, the slow and the steady change.

I taught a class the other day, and I want to reiterate again, the importance of a 72 hour kit, and it’s purpose, just quickly here before we get into the preparedness goals for the week.   I just feel so strongly about a 72 hour kit.  It isn’t to save your life, though it may actually do that.  In fact, I believe that a 72 hour kit is one that should be set up to get you through a quick emergency, while you establish just what is going on, and then it should contain helps to get your life back together as quickly as possible.  So in short, it will help bring comfort, and aid, while the emergency is happening, and it will help get some semblance of order back in your life as quickly as possible.  If you want to read more about this, and why I feel it is vitally important, then you can go to this post, and please do,

Weekly Preparedness Goals

Never under estimate the power of comfort foods in your preparedness plans.

because you need to understand!

Now onto our goals for the week:

$2 – Yes!  and another resounding Yes!  You need to tuck away another $2 per person into your emergency cash savings.  How are you doing with that?  I know there are times when I don’t get it done, and then there are times when I have an extra $20 in my pocket and if you are like that, then throw it in your cash jar.  It is rare these days for people to carry cash at all, so if you happen to have a bit of extra, instead of spending it on something you won’t even think about, toss it in your jar, and watch it grow.  It will surprise you how quick it will add up!

2 litres water per person – water is free my friends!  Water is vital to life!  I am shocked at how many places in our crazy world, right now as we speak, do not have the “luxury” of free water any time we turn on our tap.  It saddens me, and it motivates me.  It also saddens me that so many of us take it for granted and don’t put it away like we should.  Maybe you are even one of them, I hope not, but if you are, please understand that our water can be cut off or contaminated in an instant, and we could be scrambling for clean water to drink.  It is free – yet it is precious – so don’t take it for granted.  Find some empty pop bottles, or juice jugs, or invest in some water bottles from the store.  Big bottles, little bottles, free, or ones that you purchase, it doesn’t matter.  It is one resource that is so cheap to store, so just get it done.  Hope for the best, but always prepare for the worst! There are NO EXCUSES for not having water stored!

Add white sugar and honey to your storage, this week.  I think next year in my scheduling, I am going to make the honey storage at a different time.  I do a bulk purchase of honey in the spring and fall, so this will change next year, but for this week, add white sugar and honey.  Or if you are not a sugar or honey person, then add whatever sweeteners you like to use.  Often sugar will go on sale before Christmas, and during canning season, so it would be a good time to watch for those sales.  Sugar used to be cheap.  Long gone are

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Keep going, you have almost completed one years worth of preparedness goals!

the days when you can get a 25 lb bag for $6.  I watch closely for the sales now, and when it comes on for $7 or $8 then I usually buy 10 bags, which will get me through a year.  I know it may seem crazy right, but when you consider the price of it is double that, then why wouldn’t you stock up when you see it on sale.  Really, $70 for 10 bags of sugar, is a kick butt price, so do it!   AND  let me know so I can do it also!

You also may say you will never use sugar, but trust me, it will last a long time on your shelf, and you may be surprised how valuable it will be in some tough times.  It will create some really yummy comfort foods.  It will give your body energy.  It will make horribly bland foods taste better.  It will put a smile on a child’s face in a tough time.  So, I get it if you don’t want to store sugar for yourself because you are that person, and that’s okay, but are there others in your family, who might appreciate a bit of sugar in a tough time?

Add cocoa and chocolate chips to your storage this week as well.  Comfort foods!  Comfort foods that last a long time on your shelf!  Seriously – a chocolate chip cookie is one of the best comfort foods out there to soothe the soul.  Especially if they are fresh out of the oven.  A batch of brownies, or a chocolate cake for a birthday, when that might be all you have, will soothe the heart, and put a smile on many faces.  I know I don’t eat much of these right now, (you know with trying to get healthy and lose weight and all) but I also know – when times were tough for us as a young family, if I could still manage to bake a batch of cookies or make a cake, or some cupcakes, my kids were happy and didn’t even know we were struggling.  Comfort foods go a long way to keep some semblance of normalcy, and a huge way to helping us keep from melt downs!  It is true!  Trust me, you want to store them!

This week, add a good broom and a new mop.  I did this last week!  You know, I swear sometimes we bought THAT home, where there is continually something breaking down, something flooding, something doing something.  You know that show?  Well, that is our house.  Thank goodness the roof hasn’t come down on us yet – knock on wood.  Well due to several bouts of water issues over the past couple of weeks, I actually had to buy a new mop and a new broom, and designate our old ones to the basement problems, and keep the new ones upstairs, for the upstairs problems.  Pretty ridiculous right?  Sigh………..  I have learned, and now am going to purchase another set of them for my storage, with several new mop heads, and a lot more cleaners than I had on hand.  It only takes one or two big messes, and your cleaners can be gone in an instant!  Enough said, without going into more detail – just get a new good broom and mop, and have them on hand as spares, because you never know when you will need them!

Table Top Discussion time!  This week sometime, sit down with your family and have a table top discussion about – Winter power outages.  During the summer, power outages can actually be kind of fun, you know, you get to eat a meal by candle light, sit around the living room and tell stories via candle light, watch a great lightening storm, go to bed and not worry about heat, right?  It can be an adventure!  Winter power outages on the other hand, can be a bit more intense, because you now have to factor in many other aspects, like: keeping warm, keeping the pipes from freezing, keeping the sick from getting worse, and you know, the many other things that come from not having heat or power in your home when it might be 20 or 30 below outside, with raging winds and snow!  That’s what I am talking about!  It turns that fun little adventure into one that is not so fun.

How will you keep warm?  How will you keep your house from freezing up?  What’s your plan going to be?  Don’t wait until it happens to make a plan.  That is when you should be able to kick into gear and implement your plan, not be wondering what it will be.

I can only imagine, winter storms will start to intensify more often, since every other kind of storm is doing this as well, so don’t leave it to chance, or you may be playing a game of chance that you won’t win.  Chance isn’t your friend in a situation like this, but a plan is your best friend!  Create a plan now, and prepare to implement it, if and when the time comes.

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You know, after years of studying, preparing, more studying, and watching disaster after disaster, learning just what things need to be prepared for, I have some thoughts on 72 hour kits.  I really want to share these with you, because I think there are some things that really need to be stressed.  I believe there are some parts of the 72 hour kit that really need to be placed at the top of the priority lists. 

Yes, 72 hour kits are used mainly for evacuation purposes.  We have seen time and time again in the news, even in just the last few months, hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes for various reasons.  Most of these people have had cars to evacuate with, and places to go.  Most of them didn’t have 72 hour kits.  A few small number of them did.  Many, many numbers of them left their homes, returning to find small amounts of their homes left, if any of it at all.

What I believe we have learned the most important things regarding 72 hour kits are:

  1. They are not very often used to “save” lives.  Most people can get to help relatively quickly, and governments can have supplies rallied fairly quickly. It is, for the most part, easy to hop in a car and head out.  Even though stores in evac areas may not be working, others close by probably are.  Rarely are they actually used to save a life.  There may be that rare time, though so don’t save never, right?
  2. They serve two main purposes, as I can see:  these are, to bring some comfort during the rough transition of an evacuation, and to bring about the recovery process as quickly and painlessly as possible.  So how do we do this?
    1. To bring some comfort during the evacuation process, will vary according to your family needs, where
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      The reasons you should have a 72 hour kit.

      you are evacuating to, and what the reasons are that you are evacuating.  You will need to have comfort foods, comfort games / books / distractions, a comfort toy for the kiddos, you know….  all the things that will help keep the stress level as low as possible.  Whatever this is for your family, I can’t dictate, but think it through carefully.  If you were stuck on a road, in a huge line of traffic, for 24 hours, what would you want to have in your kit?  If you had to camp out for a few days, regardless of where, waiting for the storm to pass, what would you want in your kit for comfort? 

    2. Now, the crisis has past, and you return to find your home either in a huge pile, or extreme flood damage, or completely gone.  How horrible this would be!  Millions have dealt with this scenario within just this past year alone.  Where do you even begin right?  Well you begin by contacting your insurance agency, because in your evacuation kit, you have a small portable hard drive.  On this hard drive, you have copies of all your insurance information, your important documents, a photo or video inventory of the important contents of your home, and of course your personal pictures and memorabilia.  You can begin the recovery process asap, because you have all of the information you need to deal with your insurance agency.  Others, well they have to go through the process of tracking down their insurance company, going through the process of remembering all of the possessions they had in their home, and stress upon stress it will take months, if not years to figure it all out.  But, because you are ahead of the game, you can rebuild, and re-establish normalcy as quickly as possible.

I think as we experience these disasters, and are learning and growing with each one, we find the purposes for many of our preparedness efforts.  They no longer are just a good idea, but have proven their value, and their purposes, time and time again.

To wrap it all up, and keep it brief, keep those two purposes of a 72 hour kit in mind as you prepare your family kits.  What is it that you need for comfort for your family?  What is it that you will need for your family to recover as quickly as possible?  What are the keepsakes that you need?  Pictures?  Memorabilia?  What will get you through the process?  I could give you lists, and have in other posts, but reality is, you need to personalize and adapt it to your family’s needs. 

Good luck, and God bless in your efforts.  We pray that the day will never come, that we will have to use our kits, but we prepare for that day, because the chances each day we live, are higher and higher.  Plan accordingly, and have a peace of mind that at least you can be prepared for that much. 

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