Our second preparedness challenge in June is to put underwear, socks, a rain poncho and a flashlight into our grab and go 72-hour kit. That shouldn’t be too difficult. But for some reason most of us think we can still fit in the undies we put in our kit five years ago. Ahem. Of all the items you put in your kit, you definitely want clean underwear that fits. We see people evacuating their homes through rain and flood waters all the time in the news. So plan for it.
- Inspect your 72-hour kit and make sure these items still fit you. Buy new ones if necessary.
- If you have growing children you probably need to trade out these items every year.
- Gather one or two extra of each item.
- Put them in a plastic zipper bag to keep them dry and mark the date you added them to the kit on the bag.
- Put a reminder on your calendar to update them next year.
- If you have an infant, keep a change of clothing in your diaper bag at all times as this bag will probably become your grab-and-go 72-hour kit.
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2. Rain Poncho and Flashlight
- Add a flashlight or headlamp and an inexpensive rain poncho to the kit of each family member.
- Find these items at dollar stores, Walmart or even your favorite college stores.
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