When, Not If, Something Will Happen
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 we need to just hunker down. We may be alone, our cell phones may have no connection (earthquakes for example can drop a tower in a second, break up roads so we can’t drive, a dam may break and wash away any roads) … see where I’m going? What if you have to walk out to safety? Likely there won’t be any concerted efforts by police, or government to find and rescue you. You will be on your own. Will you be prepared?
(2) DEVELOP an emergency plan that when something happens and you are separated. What would you do? Where would you go? Maybe think about a contact number for someone who lives outside your area to serve as a message center.
(3) BEGIN to put some food and water storage & saving an emergency fund. Start small a can or two extra each week you buy your groceries, build up enough for say 2 weeks, then a month, then a little more until you can take care of yourselves for 3 months (food & water) in case of long-term need. It isn’t necessarily a natural disaster, but the loss of a job (like the covid-19 pandemic), or world-wide financial collapse (like in 2008).
Well, that’s what’s been on my mind and that I’ve been prompted to encourage you not to put off preparing. And 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
Ideas for 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
Possible Menu Use–
Day 1: Breakfast 2 granola bars, 1 can fruit or apple juice – Lunch 1 package soup mix (or noodles), 1 package soda crackers — Dinner: 1 stick beef jerky (vegan jerky), 1 fruit rollSnacks: 4 pieces candy & 3 sticks gum
Day 2 Breakfast: 3/4 of the trail mix, 1 hot chocolate or instant coffee Lunch: 1 stick beef jerky (or vegan jerky), 1 apple cider, Dinner: 1 canned soup variety, 1 package soda (or cheese) cracker Snacks: 5 pc candy/3 gum
Day 3 Breakfast: 3/4 of the trail mix, 1 apple cider Lunch: 1 package soup mix (or noodles), 1 package soda crackers Dinner: 2 granola bars, 1 fruit roll, 1 hot chocolate mix Snacks: 4 pieces candy & 3 sticks gum
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
Small Tarp with jump-line (for shelter if needed)
Solar or Windup Portable Radio
This isn’t meant to frighten you, or 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. It is your job to take care of yourself. Do not count on ‘someone’ coming to ‘save you’. Prepare every needful thing. We