If you were evacuated for a few days and had to sleep outdoors in the winter, could you do it? The Scouts do! They know how to build snow caves similar to igloos into a hillside or use waterproof tents that stay nice and warm even in freezing temperatures.
Your family might want to practice this extreme survival skill in the middle of winter to see just how prepared you really are. The following items are very important for a warm, waterproof shelter.
Emergency Shelter Needs
- A large tent with repair kit
- 25’ × 60’ plastic sheeting (4-millimeter thickness)
- 10’ × 12’ plastic tarp (waterproof)
- 150’ cording or rope
- Duct tape
Prepare a 72-Hour Emergency Kit
During many types of disasters, people are often ordered to evacuate their homes
quickly. They may have to live in temporary quarters such as at a public school or another emergency evacuation site. If this were to happen to you, you may only have a
a minute or two to grab your belongings and go. You certainly wouldn’t have time to think very seriously about what you would need. That’s why it’s important for you to
carefully consider and list the items you’d find essential in any crisis situation, prepare
“72-hour kits” that include those items for each family member, and store the kits
where you can get to them quickly and easily.
A 72-hour emergency kit is designed to contain the items that you would need to survive for a three-day period. Even when a crisis situation lasts longer than three days,
72 hours is approximately how long it takes to get help after a disaster hits. Each family member should have his or her own kit, tailored to the individual’s specific needs.
You can purchase a premade 72-hour kit with a lot of great products in it, such as shown in figure 1.2, or you can make your own kit by assembling the items you already have at home that would be most helpful in an emergency. It’s just a matter of collecting them into a suitcase or backpack. To decide what you should include, ask
yourself questions such as these:
If there were an emergency situation in my community and we are left without water, lights, and heat, what would I need to survive in my home or elsewhere? What would I need to cook and stay warm?
If I were forced to evacuate my home, what personal items would I need to take with me?
Write your list. Keep in mind that your kit must be easy to carry and lightweight in the case you must walk to a safe destination.
The following list is to give you ideas. Remember, you must tailor each 72-hour kit for the individual. Again, having a 72-hour kit ready for each member of your family will give you a great deal of peace of mind.