72- hour Emergency Kits should be updated every six months (put a note in your calendar/planner) to make sure that all food, water, and medication are fresh (not expired), clothing fits, personal documents and credit cards are up to date, and batteries are charged. Some helpful reminders might be:
- Small toys/games are important too as they will provide some comfort and entertainment during a stressful time.
- Older children can be responsible for their own pack of items/clothes too.
- You can include any other items you feel are necessary for your family's survival.
- Some items and/or flavors might leak, melt, “flavor” other items, or break open. Dividing groups of items into individual Ziploc bags might help prevent this.
If you haven't started your emergency kits, now is the perfect time to prepare. Here are some more helpful tips:
1.) Find some great 72-hour kit ideas to get you started at:
2.) Rotate your food in your 72-hour kit:
- If you are concerned about your access to water for hydrating soup mixes or other foods in your kit, try choosing foods that don't require additional water.
- If you are concerned about access to a heat source or the desire to use a heat source, try choosing foods that you could stand to eat cold.
- If you will need special medications, keep a 72-hour supply in your purse. Remember to rotate these, too.
3.) Rotate your change of clothes/shoes and personal care items in your car. Keep the following in your car:
- 72-hour food kit or snacks
- Emergency blankets
- First aid kit
- Jumper cables
- Pocket knife
- Flashlight, radio and extra batteries
- Toilet paper
- Hand sanitizer
- A little cash and/or coins
- Consecrated oil
- Extra glasses
- Diapers/wipes (if you have a baby or toddler)
4.) Prepare and rotate a 72-hour kit for your pets as well, including food.
5.) Check your flashlights.
6.) Rotate your batteries for radios and flashlights
Many thanks to Monica Perez for sharing these wonderful tips on 72-Hour Emergency Kits. We love you, Monica and appreciate all that you do!
Other helpful resources:
If you need a great checklist to help with packing your 72-Hour Kit, click here.
And lastly, click here to read how one mother assembled her entire family's 72- Hour Kits in a personal way. It has pictures and all. :-)