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May 2008 Preparedness Goals

I have gotten off track on the food storage goals. This month we are going to focus on our emergency kits. If you already have one you can focus on something else that you need, or you can add to yours or update the supplies. Emergency kits are commonly used in disasters, and it is important that everyone has one. You should start with the basics and move up. Here are three basic goals you should work in regards to your emergency kits.

1) Ideally you should have an emergency kit for each member of your family. The one exception is a newborn. The smaller children’s kits should carry a change of clothes, snack foods, contact information and activities to complete. The older children’s can carry more supplies. While you may distribute heavier items that your family only needs one of you do want each kit to be able to function by itself in case you become separated. A lightweight backpack is a good place to start.

2) Include enough food and water to last three to five days in each kit. The water can be difficult to carry so you may opt to carry things that can purify water to make it drinkable. You should have one or two changes of clothes and extra socks. You can also add something to sleep in and stay warm in.

3) Often you will be evacuating by car, so you may choose to store heavier items in something that you can put in the back of your trunk. However, try to find something with wheels, in case you end up abandoning your car due to the roads being out or car trouble.

You can make an emergency situation easier on your children if they have something to keep them occupied, consider packing appropriate travel games and other activities that they can do. Don’t forget to include the scriptures and consecrated oil in your kit.

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