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So this evening’s discussion is on 72 hour kits. Is 72 enough? Well, I went through it, like I did with the other things, I tried to find out what is the history of a 72 hour kit? Who came up with a 72 hour kit? I guess you can probably say that we can go way back to the nomads that were moving all over the sands – but who came up with the 72 hour kit? The short answer is: I have no idea where it came from. I looked and looked, trying to figure out where the emphasis on people having a kit that made them prepared and they should be able to prepare themselves for 72 hours – I could not find out who came up with the 72 hour notion.

Other than that – it sounds like a really good idea. I do have a little bit of ideas though, that I know that, when they put food and supplies into life rafts on ships – I worked on cruise ships a lot – they put food and water in for the estimated amount number of people for 3 days. So, I don’t know where that’s where the survival for 3 days or 72 hours came from. But I’m gonna expand it a little bit beyond the 72 hour kit and talk about some other arrangements.

What basically is a 72 hour kit? It’s an ensemble of tools and supplies, needed to sustain life, minimize suffering, maintain dignity and independence and facilitate appropriate actions in an emergency requiring evacuation. I solely wrote that down – I thought that was a really great way to really describe what it is.

What do you need to sustain life for 72 hours? That’s simple! Water! About two bottles a day, that’s what you need to sustain life for 72 hours. That’s it – thank you very much, lesson over. With that being said, that’s what you need, really. Literally, two or three of these is all you need to sustain life for 3 days. You’ll be miserable, you’ll be hungry, wet, cold, tired, whatever – but you’ll be alive! So you wanna obviously, go a little beyond that. Okay?

So the question is: Why do I need water? Where should I have water and what should I have in water? Why do you need water? How many of you drive your car and don’t wear your seatbelts? Well, you all wear them because it’s the law, right? We all wear our seatbelts and not because you get up in the morning, you get into your car expecting that you’re gonna get in an accident. But you wear it because it’s a convenience in case you do have an accident – you are in an emergency, you are covered in that direction- same reason why you’d have a 72 hour kit.

There are hundreds of reasons why you may use your kit, and none of them have to do with a disaster. I’ve had a 72 hour kit in my car for as long as I can remember. I’ve never used it in a disaster, in an earthquake, in a tsunami, in a hurricane, in a fire – I’ve never, ever used one in that instance. Never! But I’ve used it in dozens of personal emergencies. Let me give you a couple of examples:

We happened to be at a Salt Lake cemetery in Salt Lake City, Utah. And we’re visiting and looking at some of the historical gravesites there. I was with my mother and my father – I think it was just the four of us – somewhere in the middle of that, my father decides that he really has the need to go to the bathroom. Fortunately, they actually constructed a brand new bathroom there in the facility so my father jumped out of the car, ran out, went into the facilities and he comes back out and says “There’s no toilet paper”. I went “Aha – I have toilet paper!” I reached in the 72 hour kit, pulled out an emergency roll of toilet paper and he was good to go. He took it in, he brought it back and I was all like “I don’t want it – that’s fine”.

On a pseudo-camping trip with my family, we left all the good stuff at the campsite; we were off visiting some site. My son runs off and skins his knee, a quarter inch, about 3 inches above his knee. I mean pealed it like a potato. And it was out in Death Valley so water was not really hurdling around Death Valley, obviously. And so, as we’re cleaning up the wound, trying to do it with the first aid kit, I went “Ah, I’ve got sterilized water!” Looked under the foil bags, in the corner, used that to clean up his wound, clean up mine and spend everything else after it.

I also have, on at least 3 occasions, had a blowout on my car, had to change the tire. After I’m done with that, my hands are filthy. I used the wipes that were in there and the water to clean my hands afterwards. Okay? These are 3-4 examples on how I used my 72 hour kit or my disaster kit, whatever you wanna call it, in a non-disaster scenario.

In Sidney, Colorado right now, all their water was contaminated with salmonella. Did you hear about that? They shut off the city water supply. No announcement, no nothing, they shut it off. And now they’re flushing it with chlorine so people won’t be able to use water for 3-4 days. I mean, so, it doesn’t take a natural disaster – it can be just about anything.

So, a 72 hour kit, by any other name: they come by a lot of names. Usually in the church, that’s we refer to them – a 72 hour kit. But we also call it a bug-out bag. Have you ever heard that expression before? If you have to bug out of your house, you take a bug-out bag. Also, GOODIE bag – Get Out Of Dodge Bag.

So what do you put in a 72 hour kit, or Goodie bag, or bug-out bag? Well, there’s many different kits as there are reasons to have them. Consider this: you may have a need at work that is far different from the needs of home. So the kind of kit you’d store in your car is far different from the kind of kit you would store in your home. Cause in your home, you’re certainly not going to have to walk around or anywhere else – but you might have to if you’re in your car. And that’s why, one of the things I carry in my car, I have an old pair of tennis shoes.

Actually, these are a new pair of tennis shoes, but somebody gave them to me and I thought they were kind of ugly so I put them in my bag with an actual pair of socks stuffed in there as well. So I have an extra pair of shoes – especially if you happen to be working in an office in high heels – do you really want to have to walk a somewhat long distance in high heels?

Some of the other needs you might need at work are the area map. It’s entirely possible that during a disaster you won’t be able to get home the way you normally get home. And often times, we just get used to driving to and from work the very same routes, without thinking about other route possibilities. But if for some reason – weather, riots, earthquakes or roads broken, those kind of things – you might not be able to go your normal route. And so you can certainly drive around aimlessly, trying to figure out the best route to get home, but if you have an area map, you can certainly open that map up and say “Okay, this is where I am and this is where I want to go” – just a plug for next month’s meeting, that’s all what we’re gonna cover, all in depth: If you were leaving, have to evacuate, where are you gonna go? How are you gonna go there? Lots of things to consider – we’re gonna talk about that next time, we’re gonna talk about things to look out for on a map.

So what kind of things do you need to have in your bug-out bag or your 72 hour kit at home? Well, you probably need medicine. If you have some kind of medicine that you are required to take and you need it to have a supply of, if you needed to leave your house and you needed to have those medicines immediately available to you, you’ll need to have those supply medicines.

How about computer back-up disks? Let’s say you have to leave your home and you have to leave there in a hurry and you have to leave your house maybe unprotected. You might not know when you’re coming back. You really wanna leave every one of the things you hold dear and precious to you on your computer? Are you gonna take your computer or laptop case and carry that down?


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