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Winter weather can often cause national emergencies such as widespread power outages, hazardous road conditions, and flooding. We don't have a shortage of emergency weather-related situations in Utah, which can leave people homeless, without heat or light for several hours, or stuck on the highway due to a car accident.
Although these conditions can be aggravating at best, some can last up to 72 hours without relief. How would you do if you were trapped at home or in your car with nothing but the things you have on hand to help you survive? Can you have enough food and water, as well as a source of heat/warmth and other emergency supplies, for the last three or more days?
This question might be difficult to answer if you are new to food storage and emergency preparedness. Even if you think you're prepared, it's a good idea to go over the basics and see what should be included in a 72-hour emergency kit.
Here are Wild Oak Trail's six tips for planning your portable emergency supply.
Stock canned foods, dry mixes, and other staples that do not need refrigeration, heating, water, or special preparation, as well as a manual can opener and eating utensils, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA 2012). Here are some examples:
These supplies should be kept in a safe position near a front door or garage if you need to evacuate on short notice when at home. One or two compact containers can suffice. Consider a tote with wheels and a handle, as well as backpacks and other lightweight items. Make sure they'll fit in your car and that you can carry or drag them to a safe place if you have to abandon them.
A gallon of water per person (adult) per day is recommended. However, the amount of water you need depends on your age, physical health, exercise, diet, and environment. Whether purchased in individual serving sizes or larger containers like 3-liter jugs, bottled water is the easiest to store. Think how you'll transport this once more.
Ensure perishable items stay usable for as long as possible if you have a power outage that doesn't cause you to leave your house. Fill empty spaces with bagged blocks of ice or fill clean plastic containers/jugs with water and freeze if you have enough notice or extra freezer space. Food in the freezer can remain cold for 1-2 days even though it does not stay fully frozen. Refrigerated foods can last longer if they are placed in insulated ice chests and covered with cubed ice.
It's essential to have a 72-hour supply of food and water and store it securely and rotate it to keep it tasty and safe to eat.
The initial time and financial investment required to build a 3-day emergency food supply can seem overwhelming. However, once you've identified yourself, you'll be less afraid because you'll know you're trained and can feed your family in an emergency.
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