survival emergency kit {the first 3 hours}

by @according2kelly on March 29, 2012

where’s your survival emergency kit? do you even have one?  do you think you’re ready an emergency? i know i’m not!

& unfortunately, none of us really know when disaster is going to strike! i don’t know about you, but i want to be prepared… you know what they say “better safe than sorry.”

Survival Emergency Kit: the first 3 hours

locally, here in orange county, families are gathering supplies & necessities needed for what we are calling “the power of 3.” basically it’s an emergency preparedness plan that focuses on the first 3 minutes, the first 3 hours, the first 3 days, the first 3 months, and even the first year after a disaster.

basically,  it’s a baby steps approach to emergency preparedness. perfect for someone like me!

so, if you aren’t fully prepared for an emergency, i encourage you gather your own supplies, & together we can become “ready.”

survival emergency kit {the first 3 hours}

* battery operated or solar powered am/fm emergency radio (with extra batteries)

* first-aid kit with adequate supplies, medications & personal need for each family member

* gas, water & electronic meter shut-off tools (secured to meters if possible)

* search & rescue equipment, such as: leveraging tools, rope, face masks, lantern/ flash light, loud whistle, duct tape, fire extinguisher

* “GO” binder (or small expandable file) that contains names, addresses, phone numbers & map for local/ out-of-state contacts & rendezvous locations. you should also include important document for each family member, such as: general family information (social security cards, passports, birth certificates, insurance cards, or proof of insurance, all insurance policy numbers, bank account numbers & vehicle ID numbers), spare keys, etc.

“GO” binders or files should be stored in a secure, fire-safe location inside the home (hopefully close to a “72-hour kit”), and a second binder or file should be stored in a secure location outside of the home.

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see… what did i tell you? pretty painless eh? you probably have most of these supplies already laying around your house. all you had to do, was gather them all together, so when an emergency strikes, you don’t have to go searching for them. now, when disaster strikes, you’ll be prepared for those first 3 minutes & the first 3 hours. up next? survival emergency kit {the first 3 days}.

9 comments
Doug
Doug

Once thing I have with my materials is a permanent marker. We would write on our children the emergency information necessary in the event we would be separated. On vacation, we write our phone number on them (under their shirt sleeve) in the event we get separated. Luckily we have never had this happen.

Camp
Camp

We keep permanant markers in our teenagers trunk go bags. This way if they have to take that bag and get out to walk, and we might be out looking for them, they can write on things to leave a note as to where they are headed etc. We use a code that only we would know, and it wouldn't blend in with any note being left by others. A way to leave notes or directions is a smart plan as sometimes the "plan" gets changed in the actual emergency due to unforseen issues. form a code word that your family would KNOW wasn't a kid by the same name. Our code is our family safety or non safety codeword. This is a good plan to teach your kids where to leave notes, etc.

Brett Armstrong
Brett Armstrong

A little preparation really goes a long way. Thank you for these tips and reminder. You're absolutely right. Better safe than sorry. :)

Emily
Emily

Great post Kelly! I was in Japan for the Earthquake/Tsunami/Nuclear threat and I can definitely attest to the importance of being prepared! Having emergency supplies helped us get through the first 3 days without power and having a lot of extra stored food, allowed us to donate and help those who lost everything. Just this weekend I pulled out our six 72-hour kits and went through them adding a few extra items. I also cleaned out and organized our 3-month supply of food and added to our long-term food storage. And it feels GOOD! (Especially since we're now in California and therefore aren't exactly safe from another earthquake!) If you're interested, I blogged a lot about the Earthquake and aftermath but also did a few guests posts called "Misawa Monday Preparedness Perspective" where my friends wrote about what they did have (for emergency essentials) and what they really wished they had had! :)

Ara
Ara

Thanks for the reminder. Thinking of the windstorm we had a couple of months back that left us without power for almost 24 hours, you'd think that would make me "wake up" and get an emergency kit prepared, but it hasn't. I really need to get working on it. I have an extra back pack lying around. All I need to do is put the stuff in there.

Laura
Laura

This is awesome! So glad you're posting it. Thanks!

Odessa
Odessa

First of all I want to say terrific blog! I had a quick question which I'd like to ask if you don't mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts before writing. I've had trouble clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out. I truly do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or hints? Many thanks!

Janet
Janet

Great list! Don't forget some "Aquatab" tablets, to purify any fresh water for drinking! Thank you.

Kelleyn
Kelleyn

Thanks for the reminder. I so need to get these things together. I am like the 10 virgins, but the one that was not prepared. Have a great weekend!

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