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2024 Preparedness - Week 7: Calendar Week 6

February 12th Week 6


Make it Monday: Make an ice pack or two.  These are much less expensive than commercial ice packs and work great. During a pandemic, they would be invaluable in helping to reduce fever. After a natural disaster, gallon-size they will help after a long day of clean up. They have a thousand uses.


Get a gallon-size plastic freezer bag that is resealable. Pour in 3 cups of water and 1 cup of rubbing alcohol. Lay flat in the freezer for at least 2 hours before using. Ice packs will not freeze solid but can be easily molded to the area that needs the relief of an ice pack. (Some recipes call for a little dish soap or food coloring to get the "look", but it isn't necessary.)


Tuesday: Copy The Five-Day Kit parts 1 and 2  Read thru the Five-Day Kit lists and highlight items you already have in your home.


Wednesday: Have each family member gather the clothing they need for their kits.


Thursday: Self-Assessment

1.     Do you know what disasters are likely in your area?

2.     Have you subscribed to emergency notification systems?

3.     Do you know your community warning system?

4.     Do you know which radio and TV stations are the emergency broadcast providers in your area?


Friday: Complete Family Information forms to add to Five-Day Kits. Forms can be found at


Saturday: Time for a Five-Day Kit scavenger hunt. Take the list you highlighted on Tuesday and send the family scurrying around searching for them. Once you have found all you can, check off what you have accumulated, and you will have a list of what you need to purchase.


Assign each person or each team items to collect and have them report back. Be sure you make it clear that items such as toothbrushes need to be new and not the ones currently being used by family members. This activity will not only make it easier on you but will also help children feel empowered. If they should ever have to use their kits, the effort made to create them will help family members feel safer and more confident.

Sunday: Day of Rest

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