You have your 72-hour kit all packed and ready to go. Good for you, it’s a big job and one that is very important. You are a step ahead from most of the crowd! Before you put that kit on a shelf and forget about it, we encourage you to do one thing. Test it.
Doing a 72-hour kit test may seem counter-intuitive, after all, you just got the darn thing put together, but a 72-hour kit test can only be accomplished by using it. I mean really using it.
What if you create a wonderful evacuation plan, but forget some critical component, like toilet paper?
Or you include something you’re sure to need but learn you haven’t packed enough? Testing your kits and noting what you missed will help you make a better kit. The output from this evaluation process are your lessons learned.
It is impossible to conduct a test and have no lessons learned, even the best-laid plans need to be improvised and updated. Westing your kit will, at the minimum. help you understand how prepared you really are. Maybe you’ll even find that you are well-prepared!
Check out this quick list of suggested 72-hour kit items from the Red Cross and get your kits in order today. Don’t put your 72-hour kit on the shelf without testing it.