The first 72 hours of a true emergency

I came across the information I’m about to share on Food Storage Moms and immediately thought: “This is why we prep!” Visit the Food Storage Moms when you get a chance, they have great stuff! This information comes from the Emergency Grab and Go Binder they created that I’ll be posting about later 🙂

“During the first 72 hours of an emergency, this is what usually happens:

1.) First 24 hours: lights/power goes out. We check to see if our neighbor’s power is out, worry if we’ll get power before our favorite show comes on in an hour, knock on neighbors doors to see if they know what’s going on. We worry because there is no cell phone service or other forms of communication.

2.) The next 24 hours is when we realize there is a big problem, but we don’t know what it is because there is no TV, radio, newspapers, or internet. Without power, our heaters or air conditioners don’t work, the refrigerator and freezer are barely keeping things cold, the ATM’s aren’t dispensing cash, and the gas pumps can’t pump gas (unless the manual pump is working or available). Without available cash, we can’t purchase gas, groceries, and water. The grocery store has long lines and the shelves could potentially be empty in three hours. Some merchants start raising their prices sky-high. We try to figure out how to get out of town to family or friends. We start looking for a neighbor who might have a ham radio so we can know what is happening in the world and we’re wishing we’d bought batteries so we could turn on the battery operated radio.

3.) At 72 hours the panic and/or riots will start. The roads out of the cities will be bombarded and traffic will be at a standstill. People will become desperate for food and water for their families. Emotions are high. Panic is everywhere.

By having at least 72 hours worth of food and emergency supplies, you and your family can stay home and avoid being in the middle of riots and panic induced situations.”

Makes you think, doesn’t it? Here are my reactions after reading this:

  1. This is why we prep! This article describes a brief 3 day crisis. Imagine if it were to last longer.
  2. My mind immediately started to think about post Hurricane Katrina and how the looting was all over the news. Unprepared people will become desperate. Some out of pure malice, and others out of concern for keeping their families safe and healthy.
  3. Keep cash on hand in different places (vehicles, in the house, in your wallet, in the diaper bag, etc). We as a society (guilty here) have become so accustomed to simply swiping the debit card when we purchase items. What if disaster struck tomorrow and you had to survive two weeks on the cash you had on hand right now? Could you make it?
  4. I need an alternate form of communication to know what’s going on: hand crank radio, battery operated radio, solar power, etc.
  5. Always keep our vehicles with at least 1/2 tank of gas in the case that we need to get out of dodge ASAP.
  6. Have a bug out bag ready to go or in each vehicle so that we can get up and leave on a moment’s notice.
  7. Home safety in the case of those in society that will take advantage of the vulnerability people are experiencing. I will do whatever is necessary to keep my family safe and out of harm’s way. Wouldn’t you?
  8. From now on, as soon as the electricity goes out, I will fill up the bathtubs and sinks as much as possible to have that extra water. I’d rather play it safe than take a gamble.

What did you think after reading Food Storage Moms 72 hour disaster scenario? What are your reactions? I’d love to hear them!


3 thoughts on “The first 72 hours of a true emergency

  1. Gives me chills! It’s kind of a two edge sword. It is good to have a fire lit under me to prepare. However, the enormity of it can paralyze me. I have an overwhelming urge to have it all in place RIGHT NOW! What to do first? My husband is better at not getting overwhelmed but I’m better at sticking to a budget so we balance each other out. He picks what to buy next and I hit “save for later” on some of the items in the cart. I would love to get him commenting on here. He has put a lot of thought in to our electronics and communications. We also like to camp so we have some over lap in our gear. That’s fun!


  2. I echo your statement that is can be paralyzing! That’s why I’ve been very adamant in setting small, achievable goals. Sure, a disaster may hit tomorrow and I won’t have everything I want or need, but at least I’ll have some and be armed with knowledge! I’m reading a really great book right now, The Provident Prepper and it’s been an amazing starting point!


    I would love to hear from your husband! Mine has finally jumped on board and we get into deep and excited conversations! Right now, he’s focusing on our vehicles (he’s a mechanic, score!), fuel storage, and extra parts!


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