A couple of months ago, our bishop issued a challenge to the families in our ward to have their 72 hour kits by March. This is something that we have had over the years, and maybe like some of you, we let it get outdated. It was time for a re-vamp.
We got individual backpacks for each of our boys. These I had actually purchased last fall when they had all of the back to school stuff at Walmart. I always try to stock up on school supply type stuff there in the fall since the prices are crazy cheap at that time of year. We had a couple of FHE nights where we talked about what kinds of emergencies could arise, and what we should do in those situations. I was proud of the boys as they seemed pretty savvy.
I think the phase they enjoyed most was when we actually went to the store to purchase the items we needed to complete our kits (mostly food). With most of the menu planned, we let the kids each choose a container of chips (in a cylinder to prevent squishing) and a package of candy (no melty chocolate). They loved it.
In the whole process, we realized we really do have most of the things that we needed, but having them corralled in one place was the challenge. The other thing we had a hard time with was choosing clothes to put in the bags. We opted for any jeans that had holes in the knees (lots to pick from there) and long sleeved t-shirts (they can always shorten the sleeves if it is hot). I love one of the rotation ideas that I heard years ago (I think from sis, Kim) to take out your food over conference weekend and eat it. That way, every six months you have new stuff.prepared ye shall not fear.
Hopefully, we will never need our kits, but I feel great about trying to be prepared.