5 Essentials for Your 72 Hour Survival Kit
Catastrophes always strike without warning. When they do, they hinder the services of local government agencies and community emergency crews. Their equipment, communications, buildings, and personnel will all be affected, making them basically immobile. If this happens, there will be no one to respond to your emergency calls in a timely fashion. This could be a very overwhelming situation for you, unless you’re prepared.
5 Essentials Every Prepper’s 72 Hour Kit Must Have
Experts on emergency preparedness warn that everyone should be prepared for self-sufficient survival for no less than three days after a catastrophe. That means that you need to have the emergency supplies you need to survive for 72 hours. Many recommend that you keep a 72 hour kit in your home, your office and your car. Here are five basic essentials that every prepper should have in a 72 hour survival kit:
1) 3-Day Supply of Water
· A 1-day supply is 1 gallon of water, per day = 3 gallons for one person for 3 days
· The human body can only go only so many days without water before suffering from dehydration. During major emergencies, local water services may become contaminated, or simply may not be working at all. It’s vital to your survival that you have enough clean drinking water to last until these local services are restored.
· Experts recommend such a large amount of water per day because you’ll also need clean water for more than just drinking. Your water supply will be there when you need to bathes, wash dishes or clothes, brush your teeth, and other hygienic purposes.
2) Food Storage Supply for 3 Days
· Should contain at least 9 meals per person (3 meals per day)
· Being prepared with emergency food storage will really help to ease your stress during a crisis situation. Remember that your local stores will have suffered the crisis with you. So, they will probably be closed, along with all your other local businesses. Also, credit card processors and ATM machines may also be down. That means you’ll have no way of going out to buy food during your emergency situation. Be sure you have enough food stored to feed yourself until things get back to normal.
· Your food storage should be made up of mostly non-perishable foods. These types of products have longer shelf lives than fresh or frozen foods. That way, when you it’s time to eat your emergency food, they’re still good for consumption. For good ideas for your 72 hour food storage plan, look into buying canned food, dehydrated food and/or freeze-dried food.
3) Basic First Aid Kit
The following items are recommended by the US Department of Health and Human Services to be included in your basic first aid kit:
· Antibiotic Ointment
· Hydrogen Peroxide
· Antiseptic Wipes
· Gauze and Adhesive Tape
· Safety Pins
· Instant-activating cold packs (disposable)
· Sharp Scissors – should have rounded tips
· Bandages – assorted shapes and sizes
4) Battery-Powered Flashlight
Electrical services will probably be non-operational. So, be sure that your flashlight is battery-operated and pack extra batteries.
5) Battery-Operated Radio
· There will probably be no power in your local area after the disaster strikes. Make sure your radio is battery-powered and be sure you have extra batteries for your radio.
During a man-made or natural disaster, television services may be out. The radio will be your only form of communication with the outside world. You’ll need your radio to stay tuned for important emergency updates like more upcoming disasters, emergency shelters, evacuations, etc…
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