My name is Emilie.
And I am completely intimidated by Emergency Preparedness.
Anyone with me?
People start talking about 20 gallon cans of wheat, those weird tinfoil blankets and Bunsen burners and I freak out! It is too overwhelming.
So, since this month we are focusing on being prepared I decided it was time to take one small, tiny, baby-step towards making my family more prepared (which is about all I can handle). I did some research and will share a 3 part series with you on how I got a very very VERY basic 72 HOUR KIT kit for each family member, without breaking the bank or getting overwhelmed...I hope. I mean, how bad can preparing for three little days be, right?
Decision A: To cook or not to cook.
There are lists and great videos out there which show you what to pack in your 72 Hr. kit that includes cooked meals. This also includes packing a small burner and pellets that you light. Since I am starting from the basics I decided to opt of of cooking foods. I figure if it's just three days it doesn't need to be room service at the Hilton. More like survival. So no portable burners for me. (If you want to go that route check out this blog post/video. It is fantastic!)
Decision B: To open cans or not to open cans.
My kids are little (6 years of age and under). I decided to make my 72 Hour kits as if each member of my family were separated. So, I decided to opt out of canned goods which need can openers. Again, I'm going for basic. Nothing more.
Assignment 1: Make a Food List
Choose from these items that you think your family would actually eat. All of these items listed are shelf stable, don't require cooking and can be opened/made by a toddler.
tuna (fresh pouches) + mayo packets
beanies and weenies
beef jerky (low salt)
cold cereal & dried milk
raviolis/spaghetti (with pop-tops)
ramen (doesn't actually need to be cooked, will reconstitute with water)