The Importance of 72 Hour Preparedness

For many, the relation to being prepared is based on having a 72 hour kit or bug out bag. Many have and still believe that having a 72 hour kit or a bug out bag is enough. While you may be prepared with some of the basic survival items in your bag, it still may not be enough for you to endure the challenges of a 72 hour crisis.

Managing your way through the first 72 hours of a disaster or survival mode situation is critical. In any disaster, the first 72 hours is likely the most critical time with what will take place and will reveal how well you can respond. The things you do or the actions you take in that time could determine whether you or your loved ones could survive in the midst of the crisis and ultimately the outcome and a result of your readiness for the aftermath.

You must remember that after a disaster strikes it is not the time to try to prepare. Disasters are not planned, but what you do to be being prepared reflects on what you have done ahead of time and the things that can be planned. Don't wait for a time of crisis to determine you ability to respond. You should already have a plan in place way before any life changing situations or threat to life occurs.

Things that will happen in the first 72 hours of a crisis:

No Utilities and Communications - When a fallen tree damages an electric pole in any neighborhood, it can take the power company up to 12 hours to come out and fix it. That is just one tree in one neighborhood! Now imagine how long it would take the utility companies to restore your services during a major disaster.

Take a look back at what happened after hurricane Sandy as an example. During that disaster, more than 8.1 million homes were without power. Outages lasted for weeks.

In other situations similar to that you can also include the loss of your phone or the internet and the ability to communicate for help or to check in with loved ones.

There Will Be No Access to Supplies - In most cases when localities are warned about oncoming storms, a lot of people rush to the stores and begin to deplete the basic food supplies. By the time things get real bad, you will find out it wasn’t just food items that you may have needed but other other supplies that could been long gone.

With roads blocked or inaccessible, getting critical supplies to those in need can be difficult.

What are you going to eat and drink in the aftermath of a disaster? Do you really want to battle