We all should, at a minimum have a 72 hour go kit with emergency supplies available to help get us through an disaster as part of an emergency preparedness plan. The personal go kits for Mary and I are pictured below. Given we want to be ready, and have extra to minister to others, we carry far more then most.
When developing a go bag, you can buy one premade, or better yet build your own, or buy one and supplement. The advantages of building your own is customization. You add the items for your climate, conditions and personal needs. A good starting point in building a kit is here on the CEN site: http://bit.ly/OaIVyy .
When planning, divide you needs into four categories.
First, food and water needs, to keep you going. Caned food is heavy and requires a can opener. Energy or feed bars area great source, jerky, bags of granola, dried fruit, caned tuna, candy fruit cups and other foods. Make sure you have plastic eating utensils available.
Second, you need to have shelter elements, like a blanket, hat, work and cold weather gloves, walking shoes, jacket, tarp, small tent to keep wind and rain off you and others. Pack an extra change of old clothes.
Third, determine what survival items you need, flashlights, fire starters, first aid kit (include pain medication like Tylenol), pocketknife, sunscreen, water filter, maps, and compass. Review the linked list and determine the items you want to include.
The fourth group are sanitary items, toilet paper, sanitized hand wipes, toothbrush, matches, soup and baby wipes.
If you have children with you set aside coloring books and a few games to help pass the time.
What you set aside depends on what you expect to face, the size and ages of your family and your desire to minister to others in the future include a Bible.
Think through how many you need of each item. A family may need only one tarp but far more food and water, and a rain poncho size appropriate for each. Review your list, every six months and then rotate items like food and batteries that will fade with time.
Use a sturdy backpack. With our extra stuff, my wife and I each have a pack to carry, the duffle bags with wheels to allow easy pulling. While our car stash may seem over the top, we want to be ready with extras to help others during an emergency. Each backpack is personalized for Mary and I, while the larger bags contain all the extras. We have list identifying what items are in which bags to help avoid scrambling.
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