72 Hour Emergency Kit Ideas
Items to consider assembling in your 72-Hour Kit:
Survival Food & Water
Can Opener/Eating Utensils/Canteen
First Aid Kit
Sewing & Repair Kit
Fishing Gear/Pocket Knife
Sunblock/Insect Repellant/Mosquito Netting
Hand Warmers/Ice Packs
Trash Bags/Plastic Bags/Twist Ties
If disaster strikes your family or neighborhood, the most critical need for help is during the first 72 hours following disaster. Community and government assistance may not be available during this period. A 72-hour emergency kit can literally be a lifesaver in some circumstances. It can be a real help in packing for an unexpected trip of any kind (not just camping, hunting, or fishing trips). It can also be handy just for finding things quickly that you might need suddenly at home. These are a few reasons you might find it prudent to be prepared with a 72-hour emergency kit: family emergency, fire, power outage, severe drought, flood, water loss or contamination, tornado, hurricane, shelter destroyed, earthquake, grocery closed or inaccessible, riot, etc. Prepare for food, water, shelter, clothing, and medical needs first. Then prepare for other possible emergency needs. Make your 72-hour kit personally yours with those things you feel you may need in a crisis. Include a deck of playing cards, book, or game in case you are stuck in an emergency shelter for awhile. Scriptures may be the most treasured item you pack in an emergency.
Use your 72-hour kit frequently. Keep it well-stocked and rotate consumable supplies. Buy supplies on sale or second-hand to save money as you begin to stock your kit. You don’t have to start with everything in your kit. Begin stuffing a backpack or duffle bag with what you have on hand, and add to it prayerfully as you obtain new items and gear. Check the sporting goods section of variety stores, the crafts section, and the sewing section. Browse Army/Navy surplus stores. Shop at garage sales and flea markets. Clean out your attic. Keep an eye out for food items that store well such as jerky, granola bars, nuts, and dried food packs. Add to your kit, change it, organize it, and renew it frequently.
Your 72-hour kit should be easily portable and in good repair. Each person in your family should have a 72-hour kit in case you are separated when disaster strikes of have a need to separate for a time.
Family Disaster Supplies Kit
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.
The Prepared Family Newsletter
Monthly food storage and preparedness newsletter in PDF format.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
See “Preparedness” and “Are You Ready?”
American Red Cross – Make a Plan
Disaster can strike quickly and without warning: Make a plan
LDS Provident Living
Provident Living info from the LDS Church.
How to prepare for an emergency!
A natural disaster can happen at any time. Some disasters give warning like a storm preceding a flood. Others, like earthquakes give no warning. Once a disaster happens, the time to prepare is gone and all you can do is cope. Take the next few minutes to examine what you can do to prepare. Anything you do today to will be like making a deposit in your survivability savings account for withdrawal in tough times.
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Prepare a Family Emergency Kit – 72 Hour Emergency Kits for Each Family Member