When packing food into your 72 hour kit, remember to use shelf stable, non perishable foods that will last a while. I cannot stress enough about the importance of food and water in your Emergency Survival Station.
If you dont have time to put together your own emergency kit, you can purchase a preassembled kit at Shelf Reliance. It’s amazing how fast the weight in your pack can add up, especially when adding in water and food!
Another thing to consider it to save your gallon milk containers and simply fill them up with tap water. Do not use milk containers they break down and split, ergo water everywhere, before you know it. The purpose for this station is to have the means to survive an emergency for at least 72 hours, all in one place. If the public water system becomes contaminated for any amount of time & you don’t have an emergency supply of water, you will need to know how to effectively treat water in order to remove pathogens for safe drinking. Water is used for so MANY reasons besides drinking, including cooking, washing hands, brushing teeth, even bathing in an emergency. Being able to add to your water supply at the last moment as the article states is a wise idea but remember that you can really ONLY count what you have physically stored.


Boiling is the best way to purify water but may be difficult to accomplish due to power or natural gas outages. You’d be surprised how much stuff weighs when placed together, especially when cans and consumer wrapping are included. By adding ascorbic acid (lemonade or kool-aid) to the treated water, it will convert the chlorine into tasteless chlorine. And realize that bleach does begin to lose it’s effectiveness after 6 months even if unopened so be sure to rotate periodically.
I also gallon size bottle water (Ozarka) makes this round containers that fit into one another, that allows you to stack, without them readily falling. FEMA suggests storing at least a 2 week supply. The more water you stockpile, the better off you are.
They fit on a keyring or lanyard and if you have a Swiss-type multipurpose knife, they usually come with a can opener as one of the blades. I use these when camping in the desert for extended periods so I don’t have to use my drinking water for anything.
We are still following your 8 week emergency plan (with minor adjustments as we deem neccessary).
So you need to know how much to store and how to purify it if you run out of “clean” water.


We had not started preparing very much for situations where we were outside of the home and must get back. You also need to store at least 3 days worth of “easy to prepare” food (with a long shelf life). Especially with kids and people whom are not used to hiking or whom are not physically fit. We decided to use these Emergency Back Packs as our GHB (get home bags) and be in the corresponding vehicle that our family members are most likely to be in while away. If we are already home, then we can grab them from the vehicles and they can be our BOB (bug out bags). There are many websites that teach about using coupons, and list deals that are at your store using coupons.



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