Most American adults ignore the need to be their own first responders in time of major emergencies ........ government cannot do it all as we know from prior disasters. We need to educate our youth about the need for 72 hour kits, and motivate them to create such kits in an effective way. Our youth can be a positive example for each other and for many adults. Our charity, NPI, proposes to start an annual, national 72 hour kit competition for youth-oriented 72 hour kits. Youth groups of not less than 10 each (Scouts, 4-H, FFA, & schools) would enter as a group with each team member testing their 72 hour kits, in a remote location, over a 48 hour period. Qualified judges would determine the top three groups based on quality of kits, and individual kit performance under simulated emergency situations. The annual prizes would be as follows: 1st = $20.000. 2nd = $10,000 and 3rd = $5,000. There may be really effective ways to get adults to create 72 hour, but they are yet to be
discovered. What we have proposed is a way to get our youth involved in a big and positive way. As this kit competition grows, we anticipate local and state competitions to qualify for the national 72 hour kit competition for youth.