I have been on a Emergency Preparedness kick lately. I just finished making my Family Emergency Binder and now want to make sure my family has a 72 Hour Emergency Kit on hand. I just sleep better knowing we have a plan. Living in Houston we seem to be getting stronger storms each year and this year Harvey topped it off. That was quite a mess for many people in our state.
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I have lived through a handful of storms that hit our area of the U.S. Usually I am prepared but for Harvey, I didn’t think much of it, the news always seems to hype things up and it usually seems to be nothing to worry about. Boy, was I wrong on Harvey. I usually have a stocked pantry and plenty of flashlights, candles, matches, etc. on hand just in case. This time I was unprepared.
Houstonians wanted to stay in there home on the top floor while the bottom floor had flood damage and not having enough food, water or supplies was an issue. They wanted to stay with their family until help could arrive or they could get out and find supplies.
I knew Harvey was coming to hit Houston but didn’t think too much of it. We have storms every fall, nothing new here. Or so I thought. I realized the few days beforehand a friend called and she was at the gas station, saying “I have been here for 8 minutes and have maybe 2 gallons of gas in my car. The gas was filling up so slow.”
Uh oh, I know when the gas starts to slow down and the tanks start to empty, gas is running out and so is the food at the grocery store. I went straight to the store with a plan to stock up on necessities before Harvey hit Houston.
My first problem – I went to the store without a plan. BIG MISTAKE.
Second problem – I arrived to a wiped out store. No water, bread, quick snack foods. While I roamed up and down the isles trying to think what do I get for a storm again? I completely forgot. I bought batteries, matches, disposable dishes, and um…let’s see. I think there were some carrots, and apples left and not much else. I really missed the boat on this.
Ok, no problem, I usually have a fridge full of food and lots in the pantry.
I got home with my few items and NOPE, barely any food in the fridge, and not much in the pantry either.
Harvey hit with so much rain I was wondering if we need to evacuate. It was a little scary for a day or so.
Due to all the several flooding, supplies coming into Houston were sparse. Our kids were out of school for 11 days. The gas stations were out of gas, the grocery stores were really low on food choices and the flooding made it difficult to navigate to go search for food and gas.
So with what food we had at the house, we made due. While our meals were a miss mash of food. Some from the freezer some from the pantry we had enough to not go hungry even if our meals were a little odd – frozen naan bread, a box of mac and cheese and Chinese dumplings.
This made me realize my planning was terrible!!
I decided it is time for an official 72 Hour Emergency Kit for our family, so if this happens again or we have to evacuate in a rush I have my bags packed and ready!
I want you to be prepared too in the event any natural disaster happens in your neck in the woods.
It doesn’t take a lot to create a 72 Hour Emergency Kit for your family. Just a little planning. Dust off that old backpack and lets start packing just the essentials.
The most important item to have on hand and not run out of is fresh water. There are various ways to prepare. A lot of people fill there bathtubs, but using this Water Bob can keep the water drinkable and ready for use.
Ask people living in Puerto Rico right now, I bet they would love to use this LifeStraw to filter out the pollutants in the rivers and creeks they are drinking from because they are so desperate for water.
Have a plan if the power goes out. Having candles on hand is a great way to prepare.
If you are stuck in the elements, having waterproof matches to get a fire started or light candles is essential.
OTHER 72 HOUR KIT ESSENTIALS
These are just the bare minimum to have on hand so you can grab and go if necessary. Also, prepare backpacks for the other family members with a change of clothes, toiletries, canned food (with long shelf life), and a few toys for the kids to help keep calm and comforted.
Don’t want to gather all the individual supplies, check out the 72 Hour Emergency Kit available online. I want you to be prepared if there is a disaster in your area. Being ready with a plan so you can make potentially life changing decisions with focus and not our of fear because you don’t know what to do first. This 72 Hour Kit will go perfectly with our Family Emergency Plan.
If you don’t have a Family Emergency Binder, this is the perfect time to create one. Join our 5 Day Family Emergency Plan to get all of your important documents in one place. If a disaster happens, don’t let fear take over. Knowing you have a plan in place will help you think clearly, and to get your family what they need. Join our FREE 5 DAY FAMILY EMERGENCY PLAN TODAY!! Included are 72 Hour Emergency Kit Checklists! Click the image to get started.