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72 Hour Kits
Citizens Corps of Pierce County
Who To Call In An Emergency
Pierce County has realized that for many of us living in such a remote area a 72 hour kit would not be enough for us until 1st responders could reach us in a major disaster. Therefore they have started recommending that we have a 7 day kit instead. Here is a copy of the 7 day kit they are recommending. It also has a list of 51 ways you can use trash bags in an emergency.
Click here to download the flyer.
If you want more copies of this flyer you can contact the Pierce County DEM at:
www.piercecountywa.org/DEM or call them at (253) 79806595.
Some of us have also purchased a kit that has a 3 day supply of food and water for our car. The reason we purchased these kits is that they will stand tempratures up to 300 degrees. That is important when storing food in your car. Here is what the kits look like:
To give you an idea of the size, you could put 2 of them inside a shoe box.
We try to keep 2 in each car. We put one under each of the the front
seats (they will be no good to you in the trunk if your car is stuck where you
cannot get out to get into the trunk). If you have children you would want to
purchase one for each child too. If you want to order some contact the web master at:
72 HOUR EMERGENCY KITS IN A ROLL ALONG AIRPORT TRAVEL BAG:You can put a 72 hour kit in one of the roll along air travel carry on bags (and this one also has strips so it can be used as a back pack). You can keep it near your front door where it is easy to grab and go out the door incase of a fire in your house.
72 HOUR EMERGENCY KITS IN YOUR CAR:
WHAT IS IN A 72 HOUR KIT?There are lots of Internet sites that give you lists of things to have in your kit. Here are a few of them:
WHERE CAN YOU PURCHASE THESE ITEMS?
If you want to purchase some of those things the Red Cross has a web page to let you do that much less expensive than from commercial outlets:
'We also have two local merchants that carry them.
Mark Featherstone - Survival GearPack in Gig Harbor www.survivalgearpack.com Mark has a store in Gig Harbor as well as an on line store.
Carl Ekman - Emergency Preparedness North West in Bremerton (on line only) www.eprepnw.com
DISASTER BLANKETS:Wool will keep you warm even when you are wet. These blankets are 30% Wool. Normally you can purchase them for about $10 on line and on sale for $5 to $8 from time to time.
Here are some suggestions on how to store them.
Put each blanket in
an individual plastic bag (you can see the plastic bag in the picture above).
Here we have 10 blankets with 5 individual bags in each larger bag. Note that
we put a luggage tag on the individual
big orange bag so we know what is in them.