A few months ago I wrote the following letter to my family … the impression I had to write and send this to them was unmistakable and I’m hoping they heeded the message. But after talking with some of them the letter has been beneficial to others — I hope it will be helpful for y’all too.
Dear Family – With all the turmoil in the world; fires, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, wars, besides the crazy political upheaval, we have had you on our minds – a lot. The other night I had the distinct impression to encourage you to:
(1) Put together 72-hour survival packs to KEEP in your car. We never know where we might be when hunkering down is a nessecity. We may be alone, cell phones may have no connection (earthquakes for example can drop a cell tower in a second, breaking up roads, or a dam may break) … see where I’m going? Ask yourself ‘what if I have to walk out to safety’? It is most likely there won’t be any concentrated effort by police or government to find and rescue you. You will be on your own. Will you be prepared?
(2) Develop and emergency plan that when something happens and you are separated you will know a) where you will go and b) if you only had 1 phone call you might consider a contact number for someone outside your area that would serve as a message center.
(3) Begin to put some food and water storage away, and put aside an emergency fund. Start small if you’re skint on cash; buy a can or two extra each week when you pick up your groceries. Then, build up enough for say 2 weeks, then add to it bit by bit until you have a months supply. After a while you will be able to care for yourself for 3 months (food & water) in case of long-term need. It isn’t necessarily a natural disaster, but it may be the loss of a job (like the covid-19 pandemic), or a world-wide financial collapse (like in 2008).
Well, that’s what has been on my mind and that I have been prompted to encourage you to do … not to put off preparing. This thought also has run through my mind as I’m writing this… If you are prepared, you need not fear.
Please – Just start – Do what you can now
Ideas for a 72-hr Pack (going for high calorie/low weight) in case you have to carry your pack.
Basic Materials needed per person/per pack:
Note: Write the Date packed on the outside of the Ziploc bag & Refresh your food yearly. Print this file to attach to your 72-hour Survival Pack. (List from prepardnessmama.com)
Day 1 — Breakfast 2 granola/energy bars, 1 package fruit or apple juice — Lunch: 1 pkg soup mix (or noodles), 1 pkg soda crackers — Dinner: 1 beef jerky stick, 1 fruit roll — Snacks: 4 pieces of candy & 3 sticks of gum
Day 2 — Breakfast: 3/4 of the trail mix, 1 hot chocolate or coffee Lunch: 1 beef jerky stick, 1 apple cider Dinner: 1 canned soup, 1 pkg soda (or cheese) crackers — Snacks: 5 pieces candy, 3 sticks of gum
Day 3 — Breakfast: 1/2 trail mix, 1 apple cider — Lunch: 1 pkg soup mix (or noodles), 1 pkg soda crackers — Dinner: 2 granola/energy bars, 1 fruit roll, 1 hot chocolate — Snacks: 4 pieces candy & 3 sticks gum
Other Useful Additional Items
Good Walking Shoes or Boots
Seasonal Coat/Gloves/Hat – Change of Clothes
Heating Water Source – I suggest a Jet-Boil & Fuel (It can be used to heat water and as a pan)
Toilet Paper, Moist Wipes & Sanitizer
Baby/Children Needs (Formula, Diapers, Toys etc)
Paper / Pen (for notes or directions)
Maps of the area you are traveling in & compass
Small Tarp with jump-line (for shelter if needed)
Solar or Windup Portable Radio
None of this is meant to frighten you, cause you to panic, or to turn into a ‘prepper’, but it is prudent to be aware and prepare for the ups and downs of life. There are a lot of great websites to learn more about preparedness and self-reliance. The more you know, the better prepared you can be.
Remember: It is your job to take care of yourself. Don’t count on ‘someone’ coming to ‘save you’.
Prepare every needful thing.