Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Do You Have An Emergency Plan or 72 Hr Kit?

With the recent events in Japan I wanted to remind everyone that you NEED to have an Emergency Plan.  If there is an emergency does your family know what to do?  Do you have a meeting place set up in case you are separated?  Have you practiced a fire drill with your kids?  Do they know how to open the windows to get out if they had to?

Our kids know that if someone is breaking into the house or if a tornado is coming what to do.  We had a fast moving storm come up one spring and my 15yr old was at home with my 11yr old and 4yr old.  There is a 15 minute window between when I would leave for work and their dad came home for work.  It just happened that the storm came through in that time frame.  I had him on the phone until his dad got home.  Since we had practiced and discussed it, he already had everyone in the bathroom with some food, water and the phone.  I called telling him what to do and he already had done everything I was saying!  I was soooo proud of him!!  This was due to us practicing! 

FEMA recommends that every household have a 72 hour kit for every person in the family.  This would all be in a backpack or bag so that if you had to leave in a hurry you can just grab the bag and go.

I could list the items needed for a 72 hour kit, but it varies so much depending on where you live and the number of people in your family!  Shelf Reliance has a emergency kit planner that is sooo easy!  All you have to do is enter your families information and your personal preferences.  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY to use the planner.  Just use it and mark the items you already have off your list.  The system saves you information so you can go in and edit it as you purchase items.  I have posted a tutorial video so you can see how easy it is.  If you would like to purchase your items from Shelf Reliance you can get a better price by going through a consultant, so email me and I will help you with that!!

Having a 72 hour kit will drastically reduce your anxiety about emergencies happening to your family!  You won't be running around trying to get items together.  In such tense moments you won't remember important items anyway!  
It is my humble opinion that have an emergency plan is not a is your responsibility as a parent!

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