The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) suggests every family should have enough food and supplies to last them for three days following a disaster. So what should that include?
When I moved to the valley my wife and I decided to put together 72 hour storm kits to make sure we were prepared in case of an emergency, especially a hurricane.
There are many different ways you can make one. You can even buy one online already put together on site like beprepared.com or thereadystore.com.
If you want to save some money though you can put one together yourself like we did, and cater to your family TMs specific needs.
You can save a lot of money by purchasing items at dollar stores or discount grocers.
The most important survival gear is water. According to FEMA, every person needs a gallon of water per day.
Second, you want food to last you for three days.
After a disaster you may not have electricity, so pack food you don't have to cook like tuna, crackers, granola bars and dried fruit.
In case of injury you want first aid supplies in your pack.
Without electricity you need to have another light source such as flashlights or glow sticks and carry extra batteries.
Pack travel size toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and even a towel.
Extra clothing is good to have because you don't know where you will have to go. You may have to be on foot so grab some shoes that will give you good support.
It TMs a good idea to include a battery powered radio because the TV and Internet may not work after a natural disaster.
Remember to check your pack every year before hurricane season to ensure none of the food has expired.
Write down what you put in the pack so you know what you are taking.
It TMs also a good idea to make a list of things you want to take with you if you have to make a speedy evacuation.
For more suggestions on how to build your family 72 hour kit visit www.ready.gov/build-a-kit.