Sunday, May 5, 2013

72 Hour Kit Individual Checklist & Guide

Here is a generic list of items that could be useful in a 72 Hour Kit. These items should be adjusted for your area’s climate, and the age & needs of the individual…remember that emergencies can happen anytime, so pack for all seasons.

Clothing Items:
Good Shoes, (tennis shoes, hiking boots)
Stocking Cap
Baseball Cap
Extra Socks
Heavy Pants or Jeans
1-2 Belts
2 T-shirts
Sweatpants/PJ pants
Winter coat
Thermal gloves
Bar of Soap
Wash Cloth
Hand or Shammy Towel
Toothpaste & Dental Floss
Feminine Products as needed
Roll of Toilet Paper (in zip-lock bag)
Extra pair of eye glasses
Extra Contacts
Contact solution
Small Hand Mirror
Extra plastic baggies for garbage
Other Essentials:
Roll of Quarters ($10)
Flashlight with batteries
Extra Batteries, AA
Foil (3-4 ft. min.)
2 Snap Light Sticks
Knife or razor blades (adults only)
Waterproof Matches
Plastic Whistle
Hand Warmers
Necessary Rx Medications
2 kitchen trash bags
Pocket-Size Scriptures
Emergency Reflective Blanket
Emergency Foil Sleeping Bag
Small Fleece Blanket
Mess kit & utensils
First Aid Kit:
Small sewing kit w/ needle & thread
Assorted Band-Aids
Sterile Gauze Squares
Adhesive Tape
Small Scissors
Cotton Balls
Safety pins
Anti-septic wipes
Small Container of Bleach
Misc. Items:
Copies of birth certificate, social security card, driver’s license, passport, etc.
List of emergency telephone numbers for quick reference
Out-of-State emergency contact name & number, evacuation destination, etc.
Small Photo Book with family pictures
Small notebook & pen for journaling or other needs
Individual Family Member Food Checklist
You will want to check on and rotate perishable items in your 72-hour kits every six months for optimum freshness and to avoid infestations or other pest problems.

Do NOT use “pop-top” cans, since heat can make them explode; pack a can opener (a small P-38 emergency can opener is best) in each 72-hour kit and use traditional cans!! They will last much longer and you will avoid food spoilage and messes.
Each family member’s kit should include enough nutrient-packed food to sustain an individual for 3 days or 9 meals. This includes minimal water requirements of at least 1 gallon per person. Use your imagination and tailor this list to your family’s needs and tastes. For Babies, include necessary items like baby formula, baby food, diapers and wipes. For individuals with food allergies, include appropriate foods or special diet considerations.

Remember that there are many options for your emergency kit. While freeze-dried “backpacker’s meals” or MRE’s, (meals-ready-to-eat) may be the lightest weight, and easiest to store, they tend to be very expensive. It’s not necessary to spend a great deal of money to put a kit together. Start today using what you have in your pantry and around the house. You can add to or upgrade your kits later as you are able. DON'T WAIT BECAUSE YOU CAN'T AFFORD THE BEST RIGHT NOW. Start today with what you've got. You'll never regret it.
Sample 72-Hour Kit Menu:
  • 6 Granola Bars (2 a day)
  • 6 Cans of Tuna/Turkey/Chicken/Beef Chunks (2 a day)
  • 6 Cans of Beans, (Chili, refried, kidney, black, etc.) (2 a day)
  • 3 Cans of Mandarin Oranges or other fruit (1 a day)
  • 3 Hot Chocolate Pkgs. (1 a day)
  • 3 Drink mix Pkgs. (1 a day)
  • Trail Mix/Dried Fruit (enough for 1-2 daily snacks)
  • Graham Crackers/Cereal/Crackers
  • Canned Juice (V-8, Orange juice)
  • Canned or Dry Milk
  • Candy/Gum (avoid hard candies which can melt in heat)
  • 1 Gallon of Water (wash & fill a clear 2-liter soda bottle with treated tap water or for well water, use a couple drops of chlorine bleach to kill bacteria before storage)
Be sure to mark each item with the month & year in permanent marker as it is purchased and placed in your kit. Check kits every six months for optimal storage conditions. Rotate perishable and canned items as necessary so that your kits are always fresh and ready to go if needed. All boxed, packaged or dry foods should be rotated every six months. Canned foods should be rotated every two years, or sooner as directed by commercial expiration dates. Also rotate and update prescription medication, OTC medication and other first aid items that may expire on a regular basis.

Happy Homemaking!

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