Tuesday, July 7, 2009

It's Tuesday!

Every Tuesday, we post specific items you should gather in order to supplement your 72-hour kit, your 3-month supply, and your longer-term storage. If you are new to our blog, don't worry! You won't be left behind. Just start up where we are and follow along. You will eventually have everything completed! Once the 72-hour kit is complete, we'll be putting together emergency car kits again (week by week). Once those are done, we'll gather the 72-hour kits again. So don't worry, just jump on in and join us where we are today!

We're going to add a few things this week to our 72-hour kits. First of all, add a set of scriptures. It could be just a Bible, just a Book of Mormon, or both. They don't need to be really nice, leather bound copies. Just the soft cover books will do.

Also for your 72-hour kits, add a folder of personal documents. In fact, you may want to have two copies of these documents: one in mom's kit, and one in dad's. These folders should contain copies of birth/marriage certificates, wills, passports, vaccination records, credit card information, insurance policy numbers, and any other documents that are important to you. Many people don't feel comfortable storing these documents in their 72-hour kits. That's fine; keep them in a safe place for now (filing cabinet or wherever), but just make a note somewhere on your backpack (or whatever you use) to remind you to grab the documents before you leave in an emergency.

How is your three month supply coming along? Don't forget to store at least 2 weeks of water per person. Also, you should store some multivitamins as part of your food storage. Create a menu plan so that you know exactly what foods you need to store. Want a ready-made menu plan and shopping list for your entire three month supply? Read about our new e-book!

This month for our longer-term storage, we're gathering oats. Not sure how to cook with oats? Check out our recipes page for some ideas. You can also buy oats already in #10 cans from LDS Catalog. Prices include shipping.


Candy said...

In terms of the family documents for the 72 hour kit, we have our important documents stored in a 3 ring binder in sheet protectors. Birth certificates, marriage liscense, car titles, shot records, school records, etc. That way all we have to do is grab the binder and every important thing is all together. We used to do the file cabinet way, but that would be time comsuming to gather everything, and we would be more likely to forget something.

The well rounded mom said...

You should really keep them in a fire safe box. Our house burned down and they were lost forever. It was costly and hard to replace them all! Put your binder in a fire safe box you can retrieve them easily and they are safe in case of catastrophy!