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The First 72 Hours After a Disaster

July 4th, 2008 my family and I spent 3 days at the camp. This “3 days” is important – the gubberment says that after a disaster you can expect at least 72 hours before relief services are put into place.

While my kids were busy playing in the creek and shooting fireworks, I was thinking of the situation we were in. Even though this was an enjoyable weekend and everyone had fun, there were some serious situations that needed to be considered.

Infant Formula / Baby Food

My step daughter got pregnant 4 months ago while she was breastfeeding her first child – Joe. Joe is a fine young man who is 9 months old. After Kandi got pregnant with her second child, her breast milk dried up, forcing Joe to eat to artificial food.

While we were at the camp Kandi ran out of powdered formula. Its no big deal, we just drove the 15 – 20 miles back to town. On the flip side, what if we could not make the trip? What if there was no store with baby food stocks?

After hurricanes and other natural disasters food shipments are disrupted, this includes baby food.

Joe is at the age were he can eat real food from our table. If we were not able to get formula, he would have had to eat from his mothers plate.

This was no big deal. I pulled the pit to the camp and smoked 2 briskets over night. Then the next morning I put 2 racks of ribs on. Along with some beans, and corn on the cob. You talk about GOOD!!!! My stepsons truck in the background.

Cooking at the bug out location

Cold Food:

One of my investments is a Coleman 100 Quart extreme 5 day cooler. When we left home Thursday my wife got 3 bags of ice for the ice chest. Sunday evening the water was still cold. We had ice until Saturday evening – and this was with the kids getting soft drinks out for 3 days.

This would have given us about a weeks head start on planting the crops if this would have been a real SHTF situation.

Tools / chains / tow straps:

We had the hand tools on hand to take care of a couple of jobs, but we need some more tow straps or a couple of tow chains.

Hand soap:

We had enough soap to last the weekend a a few more days. But after a week or so we would be out of soap and hand sanitizer.


This is where we had a problem. A friend of the family, his girl friend and her 2 small children came to the camp and spent the night with us. The sleeping arrangements were no big deal, we had plenty of room. The problem was the next day, at lunch time our guest put a large pot of beans on the gas stove. I don’t guess he was used to cooking on a gas stove because he burnt the beans rather badly. A circle of beans had turned black and stuck to the bottom of the pot. Most of the beans were still edible. The next day however it took considerable time, soap and effort to remove the burned beans from the bottom of the pot.

As I was scrapping the beans from the pot, I took into consideration how much effort, water, soap and time I was putting into fixing a simple mistake.

The next time I got to the camp some supplies need to be dropped off. Such as soap refills, hand sanitizer, tow strap or chain and some more first aid supplies.


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