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Disaster can strike at any time without warning. From floods to fires, and earthquakes to tornadoes, your family needs to be prepared in the event it takes days for relief workers to reach your area. A 72 hour kit is essential for any emergency and could mean the difference between life and death.
The 72-Hour Emergency Kit should be individually tailored to meet the basic survival needs of your family for three days to a week. Most families prefer to store their emergency supplies in one location that is relatively safe, yet easily accessible if evacuation is required. Items may be stored in a 32-gallon trash can, suitcase, duffle bag, backpack, footlocker, or individual pack.
Your kit should be in a portable container located near the exit of your house or even sheltered in your backyard. Remember to pack a kit for each family member including any pets!
The items below are suggested for your 72 hour Kit. Remember that each person will need their own.
- Water Storage (one gallon per day)
- Flashlight (Don't forget batteries)
- Sleeping Bags and Blankets (Wool and Thermal)
- Non-Perishable Foods
- Radio with Batteries
- Waterproof/Windproof Matches
- Water Purification Tablets
- Manual Can Opener
- Extra Eye Glasses and Contact Lenses
- Essential Medication (Tylenol, Ibuprofin) and Prescription Medication
- First Aid Kit and Manual
- Utility Knife
- Extra Clothing - a complete outfit for each family member. Include extra socks, underwear, hat, sturdy shoes and gloves.
Suggested non-perishable food items: Ready-to-eat goods in unbreakable containers, canned meats, juice, fruits & vegetables, powdered milk, infant care foods, crackers, peanut butter, freeze-dried & dehydrated goods.
- Plastic Bucket w/Tightly Fitted Lid
- Plastic Bags & Ties
- Improvised Toilet Seat
- Paper Cups & Plates
- Personal Toiletries
- Baby Supplies (Diapers, Wipes, Rash Cream)
- Aluminum Foil
- Paper Towels
- Personal Hygienic Needs
- Plastic Utensils
Make Copies of All Legal Papers
- Marriage License
- House Mortgage
- Vacation Home / Property Ownership
- Automotive Ownership
- Motor Home Ownership
- Jewelry Appraisals
- Drivers Licenses
- Trailers, Snowmobiles, Boat Ownerships
- Insurance Policies
- Bank Accounts
Other Emergency Needs
- Pen & Paper
- Address & Phone Numbers
- Work Gloves
- Basic Tools
- Burn Gel and Dressings
- Light Stick and Candle
- Hatchet or Axe
- 50-Foot Nylon Rope
- Whistle with Neck Cord
- Money - At least $50 in small bills. Include change for phone calls.
- Emergency Reflective Blanket
- Lightweight Stove and Fuel
- Stress Relievers - Games, books, Inspirational Reading, for children include security items and small toys.
- Sunblock and Insect Repellant
- Sewing Kit
How to Store Water
Store your water in thoroughly washed plastic, glass, fiberglass or enamel-lined metal containers. Never use a container that has held toxic substances.
Emergency Outdoor Water Sources
If you need to find water outside your home, you can use these sources. Be sure to purify the water by:
- Disinfection (household liquid bleach: 16 drops/gal. of water, stir & let stand 30 min.)
- Distillation (boil 2 pot water & collect the vapor by tying a cup to the upside down pot lid - the cup shouldn't dangle in the water--it will condense back to water in the cup)
- Streams, rivers & other moving bodies of water
- Ponds & lakes
- Natural Springs
Meet with Neighbors
Plan how the neighborhood could work together after a disaster. Know you neighbors' skills (medical, technical). Consider how you could help neighbors who have special needs, such as elderly or disabled persons. Make plans for child care in case parents can't get home.