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)