This months 72 hour kit is maintaining your 72 hour kit and supplies.
Just as important as it is putting together your supplies you need to maintain them as well so they are safe to use when needed. Here are a few tips to keep your supplies ready and in good condition.
Keep canned foods in a dry place where the temperature is cool.
Store boxed food in tightly closed cover plastic or metal containers to protect from pests.
Throw out any canned goods that become swollen, dented, or corroded.
Use foods before they go bad, replace them with fresh supplies on a regular basis.
Change stored food and water supplies in your kits every six months. Write the date on your containers.
You should re think your needs every year and update your kit as your family needs and situations change. For example do you have a new baby, older relative living with you, a new dog, growing children, new medical needs, less people in the house.
Keep items in air tight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy to carry containers.
Check your bags, back packs and containers for damage. Check the straps, buckles, zippers, etc.
Check for spillage of water, and other liquids.
Check and protect your bags for rodents and other pests. You do not want to have to throw everything out due to mice.
Keep your 72 hour kit in an easy to get to place, front closet of the home, garage, etc. You do not want to hide your kit in the back of a closet or up in the attic. Keep it where you can get to it in the event of an emergency.