Tuesday, October 4, 2011

72 Hour Kits

Last night for Family Home Evening, our activity included taking an inventory of our 72 hour kits and replacing the food.  I find it interesting that 72 hour kits were first encouraged by the government and after some natural disasters in  areas of our country, we can see the benefit.  The kids loved this activity.  They were excited to be reminded of what they had in their kits and then to  know we were a little more prepared in case disaster strikes our area.  It was a good springboard for discussion.  We put in enough food for three small meals a day as well as a few snacks.  I found small packages of peanuts and almonds at the dollar store as well as individual applesauce etc.  All of the kids also have personal hygiene items in their kits including a comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, sanitizer and Kleenex. Most of them have a flashlight and a notepad for writing.  The four youngest  have little activity kits with crayons, paper dolls to color, paper airplane instructions, a game etc.  We decided that they should have sweatpants, a sweatshirt, clean socks and mittens in case the weather is cold.  Three of the kids also have water filter water bottles to share with the family.  Each kit is stored in a backpack that can easily be handled by children.  It was a great activity, the kids loved it and I love seeing the backpacks lined up in the bottom of the closet ready to go if needed. I would encourage you to consider this family activity if you don't have up-to-date 72 hour kits ready to go.


Kate said...

Thanks for this reminder, Ames. I love the assembly line idea. My boys will love that.

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