Monday, April 11, 2011

72 hour kits

After several tragic heart breaking natural disasters around the world, it made me think... would I be ready? Living in Florida and being subject to possible Hurricanes and all kinds of other nasty natural disasters, I think its necessary to have at least 72 hours worth of emergency supplies. I don't claim to be an expert, but I do claim to have thoroughly done my research. Hopefully you'll see the significance in getting your family's emergency kits in order. A few things to help...

You have options...
You can buy pre assembled kits here... with the option to add your families personal needs,
or you can use this list to assemble you're own from scratch.

72 Hour Emergency Kit

Food and Water
(A three day supply of food, and water, per person, when no refrigeration or cooking is available)
Protein/Granola Bars
Trail Mix/Dried Fruit
Crackers/Cereals (for munching)
Pre-packaged meals (i.e MRE's or hormel compleats)
Water (1 Gallon/4 Liters Per Person)
Bedding and Clothing
Change of Clothing (short and long sleeved shirts, pants, jackets, socks, etc.)
Rain Coat/Poncho
Blankets and Emergency Heat Blanks (that keep in warmth)
Cloth Sheet
Plastic Sheet
Fuel and Light
Battery Lighting (Flashlights, Lamps, etc.) Don't forget batteries! (Keep separate)
Extra Batteries
Water-Proof Matches
Can Opener
Radio (with batteries)
Pen and Paper
Pocket Knife
Duct Tape
Personal Supplies and Medication
First Aid Supplies
Toiletries (roll of toilet paper- remove the center tube to easily flatten into a zip-lock bag, feminine hygiene, folding brush, etc.)
Cleaning Supplies (mini hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, dish soap, hand towel, etc.)
Medication (Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, children's medication etc.)
Prescription Medication (for 3 days)
Personal Documents and Money
(Place these items in a water-proof container!)
Small notebook filled with emergency numbers, neighbor/family addresses and phone numbers, emergency evacuation information, etc. Under stress you may forget!
Patriarchal Blessing
Legal Documents (Birth/Marriage Certificates, Wills, Passports, Contracts, etc)
Insurance Policies
Cash ($100 in SMALL bills per backpack)
Pre-Paid Phone Cards
Bag(s) to put 72 Hour Kit items in (such as duffel bags or back packs, which work great) Make sure you can lift/carry it!
Infant Needs (if applicable)
1. Update your 72 Hour Kit every six months (put a note in your calendar/planner) to make sure that: all food, water, and medication is fresh and has not expired; clothing fits; personal documents and batteries are charged.
2. Small toys/games are important too as they will provide some comfort and entertainment during a stressful time.
3. Older children can be responsible for their own pack of items/clothes too.
4. You can include any other items in your 72 Hour Kit that you feel are necessary for your family's survival.