The first 72 hours of a disaster are critical because it is a time of potential panic. It is also the most likely time period during which power, gas, and water supplies will be interrupted. In addition, relief workers are swamped and unable to help everyone who needs it right away. Advance preparation ensures your family can take care of themselves for the first few days.
Every family needs to have several kits or bags assembled. Based on the previous discussion, you should know that food and water are most critical. However, there are eight categories of items that need to be in the house and readily accessible. The bug-out bag is designed to grab and go.