The first preparedness challenge in February is to add food and water to your 72-hour kit and make an evacuation checklist. Always plan to evacuate on foot to an evacuation shelter (typically a school or church), and hope you get to go in your car. Imagine the worst-case scenario; you have a broken leg and are lugging your kit, with two kids on your hips on “the perilous journey through blistering cold and scorching desert, traveling for many days and nights, risking life and limb” to reach the church down the street. A little Shrek humor there. Let’s get to work.
Add Food and Water to Your 72-Hour Kit
- Put a 3-day Supply of Food and Water in a large baggies. (Read more here) Write the date you packed them on the bag. Put a reminder on your calendar to replace them in six months. Avoid heavy canned foods and foods with strong odors. Don’t store kits in your garage as heat will ruin the food.
- Family Photo. A photo is useful for identification and if someone gets separated. Use the school picture ID card your kids get with new pictures.
- AM/FM radio, solar or crank. Don’t count on your cell phone working during a disaster. You will want to hear emergency news. Keep this in an adult pack.
- City Map. Yep, don’t count on your cell phone GPS. You need to know various routes to exit your neighborhood. You may find a road you don’t normally use.
- Family Emergency Communication Plan. Go to Ready.gov/plan to work on your communication plan. You can fill it out online and print it out. Love that! Laminate it or put it in a plastic bag in your kit to prevent it from getting wet.
Create a Grab and Go List
- Print and fill out my Grab and Go List. Prioritize what you would grab now while you are calm and collected. Work on this before the adrenaline rush and won’t remember the name of your youngest child in an emergency.
- This handout will help if you have 5, 15 or 30 minutes to evacuate. Put the most important items in the 5 min. evacuation and so on. If you did this last year, update it. Hang a few copies inside cupboard doors around the house.
These tasks may take several weeks to complete. Just do the best you can with the time you have.
Best wishes and stay healthy,
The Food Storage Organizer
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