Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Preparedness Challenge - September Week 3

The Preparedness Challenge for September Week 3 will be easy; add sturdy shoes, shirts and pants to your 72-hour kit. The most important thing is to have your clothes stored near or in your kit. You want to be able to grab and go, and not have to hunt for them during an evacuation. Just like you, I have some work to do.

1. Add Sturdy Shoes, Shirt and Pants to Your 72-Hour Kit
Sturdy Shoes
  • A pair of sturdy shoes should be kept by your 72-hour kit so you don't have to search for them. If you keep your kit in your coat closet, shoes should be kept there. Or if you store your kit under your bed, keep shoes there. You may already have a pair. Just keep them close to your kit.
  • Why sturdy? Consider the disasters that could happen in your area. Earthquake, fire, flood, tornado...flip flops won't do. Many disasters leave glass and debris behind.
  • Choose something that will work in any season. Boots are a good choice.
  • 2 short-sleeved and 2 long-sleeved. Think of your climate. Fabric matters and your comfort. Cotton is always good.
  • 2 pairs of denim or canvas pants. One pair could have a zipper at the knee so it can become shorts.
All of these items may not fit in your backpack, so put them in a bag or tote near your kit. To save money, find something at a thrift store. Add these clothes to your planner and gather them this week or month.

Like a firefighter, always have some extra clothing ready. I hope you find clothes that work for you and your family this week!

Valerie Albrechtsen

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