Tuesday, March 15, 2011

72 Hour Kits, and Meal Kit Giveaway

Kurt and I had a fun calling at BYU called "Emergency Preparedness Specialists." It was an exciting calling! We participated with the Disaster Task Force at BYU for a response to a large scale disaster. (It was a "as real as it gets" drill with the drama department providing the injured people.)

We were trained with the Red Cross for CPR. We also did 72 hour kits with our ward. We had a perfect plan. The plan consisted of a plastic ice cream container for each person with 3 days worth of food. It was quite a large scale project and we felt so happy about it!

 Well, a year went by and we knew all the food was about to expire so we pulled out our cute 72 hour kits at General Conference time and began eating them.

We learned several lessons from this experience. One lesson was, granola bars and beef jerky are not satisfying. We also learned we could eat the whole "three days worth of food" in one day. It really had some fundemental problems with it. It made me lose my confidence in 72 hour kits entirely and I decided I was not interested. Well, with everything happening in Japan, I realized there are many things that we need to prepare for and I am rethinking 72 hour kits. 

This week I am going to do several posts about rethinking 72 hour kits. This week, our family has been discussing the idea of what we want  in our 72 hour kit. We never know what we are preparing for exactly. I'm sure the people in Japan had no idea they were in for such a disaster. We must all do our best to prepare for the unexpected. It is a family project and everyone should participate. At the end of the week, I will have a drawing for someone to win a Light My Fire Meal Kit to add to their own 72 hour kit.

Giveaway - Light My Fire Meal Kit
2 plates, a spill free cup, spork, and strainer/cutting board.
(to put in your 72 hour kits)
Each person can enter two times with the following entries.

First Entry - Tell me your favorite thing about your 72 hour kits and if you have ever had to evacuate.
Second Entry - Tell me your favorite recipe or idea from my cookbook "Seven Years of Plenty"
(Giveaway will end Friday at Midnight and there will be a drawing for the winner)

16 comments:

Alison said...

Linda, our 72 hour kits scare me when I think about it. They should probably be thrown out considering how old they are. We really need to rethink them and get better prepared. They are currently in #10 cans and to tell you the truth besides the granola bars, which are probably totally disgusting by now, I can't even remember what else is in there! Sad huh? Thanks for getting me thinking!

Tristin said...

We have our 72 hour kits in backpacks so everyone can carry something. We go through and update clothing and food every six months during a family night

Cory and Becca said...

Linda, I have never had a full 72 hr kit!...isn't that scary! But what I do like about my 1/2 done kits is fitting them in backpacks for each person in their rooms.

Cory and Becca said...

Linda, what I like about your book is the idea that food storage food doesn't have to have the thought process of 'nasty'...which is what I have always thought growing up looking at my parents food storage...that always went to waste.lol.

Anonymous said...

We have ours in flouescent orange duffle bags - but like the rest of you - I think our power bars must be really gross by now. I am so glad you posted this and got me thinking again, too. - Michelle

Kandy Howard said...

After Hurricane Katrina, I went out and bought 2 really nice backpacks for Gary and myself and I filled it with everything I could think of that we might need if we had to evacuate. What I found out is that it can add up quickly! But it does bring me some peace of mind to know that if something happens, we can grab those and go and have most of our basic needs met...for awhile anyway. Now I need to to put kits in each of our cars...my next project!

Stacey said...

Linda,(Sister Squires)
Thank you so much for the food storage cook book. I do love it. I am really into food storage too right now and have loved trying your recipes. My favorites so far are the Baked Oatmeal, and the Hawaiian Paniolo Cornbread (we just had it last night). As for our 72 hour kits, wow, do I need to update. I only have 5 72 hour food kits because I made them in
Relief Society when my Elisabeth(now 9) was little and my twins weren't even a twinkle in my eye. Probably better update. My favorite thing in our 72 kit is a small hard drive that has all of our digital pictures in it. Since that is the thing I would miss most, I feel better knowing I have all my copies for a quick grab and go. I would bawl my eyes out at leaving all my scrapbooks that have taken hours of my life to make, but at least I could redo it another time. Thank you for your great blog.
Stacey McDowell

Nada said...

I found backpacks that have wheels so we can carry or pull. Also have a carry on filled with extras if we can take that much. A good idea for a family is to have a list by the door for where things are that you may want to take if you have the space and time after packs.

For a growing family-check you children's clothing often. I had a son that found his sweats were way too small.

Nada

Amanda said...

I don't have a kit yet... but you can bet I will be getting one in the next couple days. I will be checking your blog for tips, because I am clueless! :)

Anonymous said...

We pulled our 72 hr kits our last week and are trying to update them. Pretty sad but we are working on it .... maybe in the next few weeks we'll have them back up to decent shape! Thanks for all of your helpful hints and motivation!
kimmers_zoo@hotmail.com

Amy said...

My favorite thing...hmm, I guess it would be that we have them. They are truly in need of an update though. We will have to do that next week. They are all in backpacks so that each child (6 of them) will be able to carry their own. Thanks for all the great tips and everything else!

Amy said...

I would have to say the bakes oatmeal is our favorite so far. My kids love oatmeal.

mama3davis said...

ok, you got me thinking- and I am not prepared. at all. kind of was teasing myself but really, we don't have a 72-hour kit. Or a 24 hour kit. And we had to evacuate this summer after a storm hit our house. What am I thinking?

Linda said...

This has been great to hear about 72 hour kits (or lack of one). We are trying to get ours pulled together again after years of not doing a 72 hour kit.

mommaloves7 said...

I've been planning to update our kit even before japan. Years ago when we had 3 tots there was a huge storm and flashflood that tore out our highway. We'd been visiting family and couldn't get home. we spent a miserable night and ended up at a hotel after midnight with 3 crying toddlers and me pregnant. After that I made a really good kit we'd occasionally update. It's time again. ilove the idea about having your pics on acomputer modum.

Linda said...

Stacey - You are the winner!