72 Hour Emergency Survival Kits

You are the first level of response when disasters occur.  Local government and relief agencies will try to help, but do not be dependent on them.  You need to prepare to take care of yourself in every way that you can.

Be prepared to provide food, first aid, sanitation, shelter, and water for at least 72 hours. Storing the following items at home will help you during emergency situations.  Make sure that all family members know where these items are located.  Packing these supplies into grab bags or back packs is a great idea in the event you needed to evacuate quickly.

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  • Basic food that would keep you alive.  Items that are easily opened and prepared are best.
  • Water for drinking and washing 1 -2 gallons per person per day
  • Toilet paper, baby wipes, and other sanitary necessities
  • Soap, hand sanitizer, tooth paste, tooth brushes, razor, hair brush
  • Basic tools, a small shovel, hatchet, pocket knife, rope, duct tape
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Pancho
  • Change of clothing for each person
  • Gloves
  • Sewing kit
  • Emergency reflective blanket
  • Paper plates, plastic eating utensils and cups, can opener, trash bags, mess kit
  • Matches stored in a water proof container
  • Flashlights, extra batteries, candles, light sticks, lanterns and other alternative light sources
  • Small fire extinguisher
  • Radio either battery or hand crank operated
  • Basic emergency and first aid supplies
  • Medicine and prescriptions used on a regular basis
  • Money – smaller bills and quarters are best
  • Copies of important documents such as insurance policies, property deeds, birth certificates, marriage licenses, important phone numbers, credit card information, and other ID information
  • Small tent or tarp to provide shelter from the elements
  • Supplies for infants or small children such as formula, diapers, baby food
  • Stress relieving items such as small games, books, paper, pens, candy
  • Rope - 50 feet of nylon rope
  • Whistle
  • Small camp stove
  • Personal water purification gear

Fill your kit with items that make sense to you and remember that there is no one size fits all kit. Think beyond 72 hours to 96 or more.  Plan what you need and purchase products that will help you survive in an emergency survival situation.















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