In the case of a TEOTWAWKI event, your 72-hour survival kit is going to be the most important thing in your life. An apocalyptic event can come in a variety of different forms and you should prepare for the worst. This means planning for life without running water, electricity, heat or communications.
Experts recommend that you have a bag ready to help you survive the first three days. Once this period is over, all of the federal emergency systems should be in place and you should be able to get further help or will have found somewhere to make a more permanent base.
NOTE: In the event of an apocalyptic event (nuclear war, New Madrid earthquake, or other large-scale disaster affecting at least a good portion of the country), FEMA will NOT come to your rescue right away. In fact, it could be weeks or months, so a 72-hour survival kit does NOT take the place of long-term preparedness.
Your 72-hour survival kit should be ready and accessible at all times. If the event is something like an earthquake or bombing strike, your house may not be the safest place for you, so your kit needs to be somewhere that you can access easily such as the garage or a room next to the front door.
The kit should also be stored in something with wheels as it is likely to be quite heavy, and it needs to be in something waterproof in case you need to take shelter outside in bad weather. A wheeled plastic storage bin will suit your needs, or you may choose to have it split up into small waterproof backpacks so you can share the load with your family.
While no absolute hard and fast rules determine what should go in your 72-hour survival kit, you will need to bear in mind the basic needs of humans for survival. You will need to feed and hydrate yourselves, keep everyone warm and sheltered and start to think about making contact with other survivors.
To help meet these needs, your 72 hour survival kit should include:
If you are still not sure about how to put together a 72-hour survival kit, you can order them pre-made online. You will need to specify how many people for whom you are preparing and what the local surroundings are like near your home so that the company can tailor your kit to your needs.
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