Making a 72-hour emergency kit for $20

A “72-Hour Emergency Kit” is portable, has basic supplies and tides a couple of people over for 72 hours.

 It may take that long for local, county, state, and non-profit agencies to respond to a disaster or emergency. Until then, you’re on your own.

A commercial kit can cost hundreds of dollars. A truly comprehensive 72-hour kit requires a truck to haul it.

If you’ll settle for a smaller, homemade kit, you can make one for around $20. Here’s what you need:

• Carrying bag. Use eight grocery store plastic bags, stuffed to make two bags four layers thick. You could use a school knapsack or a backpack.

• 3 gallons of water per person, for three days. Carry the water in three 1-gallon plastic jugs. These weigh 25 pounds, and a kid’s little red wagon or suitcase with wheels could haul them. For two people, that’s 6 gallons or 50 pounds of drinkable water.


Wills Point History: Friday, July 22, 1949

The initial step needed to complete highway No. 243 from Canton to Kaufman was taken this week by the Highway Commission in Austin when it authorized construction of grading and structures on, the highway from nine miles east of Kaufman to the Van Zandt County line. When this strip is completed and topped, the highway will furnish a nearer route to Kaufman and give East Texas another route to Dallas. The amount approved for this work was $161,000. Also approved in the meeting was a $36,000 appropriation for placing an asphaltic leveling course on U.S. 80 from the junction of State 64 in Edgewood, a distance of 6.6 miles.

The traffic light at the intersection of U.S. 80 and south Fourth Street, which was damaged by a truck several weeks ago, has been replaced by a new light and is now in operation.


This week in Wills Point History Friday, July 15, 1949

Trinity Drilling Co. of Dallas is to start within a few days on a Woodbine or deeper exploration just south of here on acreage obtained from Humble Oil and Refining Co. Location is to be on the Woolverton heir’s farm near the north corner of the W.D. Roberts survey. Although agreement calls only for a Woodbine and test, the Paluxy may be explored if structural conditions are favorable. Humble holds a block of about 2,000 acres east, southeast and south of here. The acreage was leased by A.L. Tisdale. Leasing of lots in Wills Point has been heavy for several days since the strike at Cedarvale in Kaufman County recently.


This week in Wills Point history: Friday, July 8, 1949

The colorful, 30 piece Shrine Band from Hella Temple, Dallas, will honor Wills Point Shriners with a 15 minute concert, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at the Wills Point train station. The band will be accompanied by the 25-member, Shrine Drum and Bugle Corps, the smart Shrine Drill Team of 28 members and the Shrine Patrol with its 36 members. The units are traveling on the special Shriner train, carrying about 200 Shriners from Dallas to the organization’s Imperial Council in Chicago. (See newspaper for complete article.)

Rotarians heard an explanation of the newly passed Gilmer-Akin school law which completely changes the school set-up over the state. The discussion was given by George D. Station, program chairman and local superintendent of schools.


In Case of Tornado, Go to the Bathroom

When the tornado hit Van on Sunday, May 10, one family I know crowded eight people into the bathroom of their home until the tornado passed over their home. Why the bathroom?

The way their home was designed, the bathroom is in the middle of their home. It’s on the first floor, which is the only floor they have, since like most homes in East Texas there is no second floor. Because their home is pier-and-beam construction, there is no basement. Even if their home had been built on a concrete slab, there would have been no basement.

Because their bathroom is in the middle of their home, the rest of the home outside the bathroom would need to be destroyed before the destruction reached the bathroom. If your bathroom is on the outer wall of your home, you may want to choose a different small room near the center of the house. It could be a closet, for example.


Signs to be put up to ward off crime

By Britne Reeves


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