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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Personalizing your Kit

This handout is one that I have been planning to do for quite some time. Because Steve travels so much, we have the advantage of a big stock of hotel goods. Shampoos, Lotions, Conditioners, make-up remover wipes, mouthwash, ocassional toothbrushes, & sewing kits. We do have some in our own 72 hour kit, but there's only so many you need, even with a family our size. The stock has grown to 3 full baskets under our bathroom sink. I have been encouraging the ward members to set a date to use their 72 hour kits for a couple of years now by taking it camping, using it on an over-nighter, or a simple set up in their back yard or even their family room. Some way of using it and relying on it completely to ensure that everything they truly would need in a case where it's all they had, would be in it. This would be smart to do for a pretend drill right around the time it needs to be updated.

After the drill you would then update food, clothing, batteries--anything that needed updating and add anything that is lacking (one woman mentioned a can opener in the case you have canned goods). Each handout included a variation of any two of the items mentioned above, a cough drop, breath mint, or stick of gum, and a folded kleenex to trigger the idea of remembering necessary paper goods. My having been terribly sick during the last couple of months helped me to realize that we needed to add cough drops to our kit. As I told the sisters, you never know when that emergency is going to take place and what you will need.

Here's to being prepared!

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