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LDS Emergency Resources – 3 Days Supplies pt3

LDS - 3 Days Supplies

A box like this is a great way to store at your house. This is not something you want to put in your car on your way to Europe. But if you’re at home, you’re gonna need something to stuff your things in. But how do you carry that? Do you have a cart or something you put on to carry with you? So these are the things you need to consider.

I found something else on the internet the other day that I kinda liked and I want to share this with you. A kind of intricate idea of what you should put in your 72 hour kit. Remember, I’m not gonna tell you exactly what to put in there. But I want you to play this game – play it with your mind’s eye. Imagine that sometime in the next few days, there comes a loud knock on the door. An officer says an evacuation is necessary and you have 3 minutes by his watch to leave the house. The way he says it is convincing and the problem is regional.

Also, the waterlines have been contaminated and you must not drink from the faucet. Electricity is off and the phones are down. There won’t be any utilities in your area for at least a week. You may remove things from your car, but you may not change them. You must go more than a mile on foot with children, if you have them, then you’ll go by bus to the next camp over. Because of the confusion at the bus terminal, you and your spouse are hustled by the National Guard into separate busses.

Everyone around you is frightened and insecure. Half way to the destination, the busses stop because the bridge is out. They let everyone out and go back for more people. By the time you get there, 28,000 civilians have been left moving around in the dark in the ravine, waiting for someone to just come there. The scene is noisy and chaotic, no one had planned for this and some individuals are starting to behave badly.

You begin to search for your family among the thousands of refugees who keep pouring into the area. A helicopter arrives and announces that the Red Cross will set a shelter on the other side of the ravine in about 24 hours. Just sit tight. After a second 24 hour period, you will be free to return to your home on foot if you wish. By the time you will get home, the immediate danger would have passed. But there will be no rides. Any water you find on the way will be bacteriologically unsafe to drink. And don’t count on finding any unrealistic sources of water.

Now ask yourself questions like these: What do I need to do to prepare for these kinds of challenges? What will I drink? Where will I sleep? How do we find each other in a crowd, in a strange place? There are two main occupations – one: getting away and two: finding the loved ones. Play this game often. Change the severity of it from time to time, varying the seasons, weather conditions and time of day. Build on top of the types of difficulties you consider are relevant to your region and something that changes.

Adjust it to be challenging to you, but not overwhelming. Use these imagined experiences to guide you through the construction of your own 72 hour kit. Or, what I like to do – try this: every time there is an emergency on TV, imagine that this would be happening to you. Will your kit get you through? Your kit, your 72 hour kit might not be something you need at all. It might be something that you just have in your home to prepare for the eventuality of not having crucial services for the next 72 hours.

Now are any of you, after watching Katrina, convinced that somebody will help you in the next 72 hours? No? No takers? I can tell you – those people, it’s not because they don’t want to, but because they can’t. There’s just not enough of them to take care of all of us. The reality is, it’ll be more like 4 days, 5 days – maybe even longer! So, what do you put in your kit to take care of yourselves in that period of time? The answer is up to you – you’re the individual, it’s your needs, special or otherwise; your circumstances, special or otherwise. Do you work from home or travel long distances? Are you gonna be able to take a car? Do you take transportation to and from where you work? Will that transportation be able to be use in a disaster situation?

If I have something rather big at home, like this – do I have a wheel cart to carry it with me? Will I be able to push that cart? How far will I go before my children say “No more, we’re staying here!” Have you practiced this with your children, have you practiced this with your spouse? Have you actually tried to see if the 72 hour kit will actually sustain you for 72 hours? I don’t suggest you go on and fast on food bars for three days – you won’t like me after those 3 days. So I put together a list that looks like this.

I have it on my website. In this, I have an evening half, a nice half and an over the top. This is a suggestion for something that you might want in your car. Let me go back for just a second, just thought about something I want to tell you. Well, as for the scenarios on TV: I talked about the city in Colorado when suddenly their water shut off. I turned to my wife and went: “Well, if it would happen to us, I got plenty of water!”

And you watch other scenarios that happen on TV all the time – riots, fires or everything else. For example, the fires of San Diego – not so far away, in distance or in time, right? Lots and lots and lots of people had to be evacuated. Where did they go? What if that was your neighborhood? A big fire storm was coming and you’d got to leave your house in short order. What do you take, where is it? If you do nothing else tonight, decide that you don’t take the things that you already have – I happen to have one of these tools somewhere, I have an old backpack somewhere – go home and put some stuff in it and keep in a central location: by the door, under your bed.

I don’t have something like this; I have something similar under my bed. I have a pack like this for me, my wife and the two children, so we have four of these under the bed. Kids will know to grab these and off they go. If they can, they’ll grab other things. Like, if they can, they can grab all of our photo albums right besides our front door. So we can grab those and take them with us.

But you can put yourself in the scenarios you see on TV and go “Alright, if that was me, could I prepare for that? How do I do that?” And then you start thinking about those things, you’ll start putting together a kit that will be specific to your needs.

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