72 Hour Kits

Putting a 72 Hour Kit together is easy when you have a plan or a blueprint.

1.  Study the blueprint.

2.  Check around the house for items you already have on hand.

3.  Create a list of items you will need to purchase.

4.  Keep the list in your purse.

5.  Set a budget and stick to it.

6.  Start NOW!

Blueprint for a Basic 72-Hour Emergency Pack

1. Container: Use back pack, suitcase, duffel bag, etc. It’s a good idea to keep a list of what’s in the pack on the outside. Also put expiration dates on list, or on foods themselves. A good time to rotate food would be when you change the clocks. Store in a place where you can grab it quickly if necessary.

2. Important Information and Money: Keep a little money (small bills), and some change for phone calls or bridge tokens. You may want to have a phone card. Keep your car filled with gas, and perhaps have spare keys in your pack. Have important information such as name, phone numbers for emergency (one local, one not), list of phone numbers you may want to call, medical problems, allergies, medications, etc. You may want to keep a 3-day supply of medicine in your pack, rotate when you get your prescriptions filled. Some people like to include copies of important papers such as birth certificate, marriage certificate, credit card list; family pictures; genealogy; inventory of house items in case of fire emergency.

3. Water: A minimum of 1 quart per person per day for drinking. Can buy water bottles, or fill 2 liter soft drink bottles, or plastic gallons such as cranberry juice. Some have handles for easy carrying. Plastic milk bottles are not suggested because they will eventually disintegrate. Change water at least once a year. If you fill your own water bottles, put 4 drops of bleach for each 2 quarts of water. you may want to carry water purification tablets in your pack. You may also carry a small water filter.  1 gallon per person per day is the recommended amount.

4. Food: Whatever you like which would keep you alive for 3 days. Tuna fish or chicken in packages, crackers, nuts, granola bars, energy bars, MRE’s, fruit in plastic cups. Don’t forget a can opener if you stored canned goods. Be sure to rotate, maybe at General Conference time. You can eat the food while you watch conference.

5. Clothing: Sweat pants and sweat shirts are good-can be cut off for summer. Dry socks, change of underwear, extra shoes. Grab winter coat, etc. on way out of door. For children, change clothing as they grow.

6. Personal Items, First Aid Kit, Misc.: Toiletries: toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, deodorant, lotion, Kleenex, toilet paper, anything else you can’t live without. First Aid Kit: band-aids, alcohol wipes, etc. Misc.: Battery powdered radio and extra batteries, flashlight and extra batteries, emergency candle, duct tape, twine, paper towels, pad of paper, pencil, sewing kit (thread and needle, safety pins, small scissors), aspirin, scriptures, sleeping bags, consecrated oil.

Activities for Children: Simple card games, blanket, small toys, a favorite stuffed animal, binkie, coloring books, notebooks and pencils, books for reading, disposable camera’s.  Think of the things your children enjoy doing and try to remember their comfort items.  This could make all the difference.

Posted on May 25, 2009, in Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage & Emergency Preparedness, General Conference Games & Ideas and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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