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7 is the New 3

posted Feb 7, 2015, 2:38 PM by Steve Taffee
While most emergency preparedness guides suggest that homeowner set aside enough emergency supplies to take care of themselves and their own families for at least three days, there is a growing consensus among emergency professionals that people should instead be preparing for at least 7 days, one entire week, to be on their own before help arrives. Large scale disasters such as hurricanes and land slides have demonstrated that when local responders are overwhelmed and state and national resources are requested, three days before help arrives an unrealistic expectation.

Whatever consumable supplies (food, water, cooking fuel, sanitation) that you are stockpiling should take into consideration the reality that you will likely be on your own for a week. If your stockpile is currently at a three day level, start now to double or triple it!