Everyday we get to hear the news of many natural calamities and disasters happening without a moment’s notice in every part of the world. More and more lives are lost, loved ones totally bereaved and many children losing not only their families but also their hopes. Though we cannot avoid these tragic events from happening, there’s something we can do about it. The government along with several volunteer groups have been campaigning and lobbying about 72 hour emergency kits and what every family can do in case of disaster.
During the calamities when rescue may not arrive on time, there’s nothing else you can rely but your own preparation. Among the many solutions and ideas of preparation, one that we could easily start on our own is the preparation of 72 hour emergency kits.
These are basic needs that every family should organize and make available during emergencies. Since rescue help does not come after a day or a couple, it is advisable to keep a supply of the family’s basic needs sufficient for at least 72 hours. The kit should be composed of things that will keep you alive or survive in any circumstances such as flood, fire, tsunami or even earthquake.
Usual emergency kits include but are not limited to flashlight, food, water, clothes, blankets, batter-operated radio and first-aid kits. They should be handy or easy to carry so that you can take it with you during your evacuation. The container or backpack should be made up with materials that do not easily give up on extreme circumstances. You can also use inflammable wheeled suitcases or packages that will not be easily penetrated by water.
72 hour emergency kits should be easy to carry so you can take it with you wherever you may need to go. It has to be well organized so you can easily access and retrieve particular items when you need them the most.
The kit should be filled with bottled water of at least 2 liters per person and per day. The food should be non-perishable such as biscuits, crackers, instant noodles, canned meat, energy bars and dried foods. Having canned goods would do you no good without manual can openers. Also, the kit should include flashlights with extra batteries, battery-operated radios that will keep you updated and a first-aid kit. An emergency evacuation plan should also be made beforehand so you and your family will know what to do during the disaster.
Candles, matches, medical books or a handbook that with instructions on how to rescue, pocket knife, tool box, fire extinguisher, road flares, local area maps, toiletries, sleeping bags, important documents sealed in a waterproof envelope and other specific medicines or needs such as extra eyeglasses should be included in your basic
so you and your family will survive any calamities that may come.