Thursday, March 11, 2010

Suggested 72 Hour Kit Supplies

Please use this list as a guide for compiling your 72 hour kits. Each member of your family should have their own kit. There are items on this list that everyone should have in their kits. There are also items that may not fit your needs or the needs of your family. Make your 72 hour kit what it needs to be to best fit your needs and those of your family.

72 hour kits should be kept in a location near an entrance to your home so that they are easy to find when emergency strikes. They should be reviewed every six months. As the name implies, the amounts stored in the kit should be sufficient to last for 72 hours.

  • Durable water resistant back pack, frame pack, duffel bag or bin (something easy to carry or transport)
Food and Water
  • 1-2 gallons of water per person per day (for sanitation and drinking)
  • Canned meats, fruits, vegetables, juices, soups, etc.
  • High energy foods/snacks (peanut butter, granola bars, trail mix, dried fruit, fruit leather, beef jerky, etc.)
  • Baby formula/baby food
  • hard candy, cookies, or other treats
First Aid
  • Bandages/gauze/tape/ace wrap
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Medication (Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, children's medications, prescription medications, etc.)
  • Toilet paper (center tube can be removed to flatten into zip-lock bag)
  • Wet wipes/baby wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Soap (scented soaps may "flavor" food items)
  • Shampoo
  • Dish soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Brush/comb/hair ties
  • Feminine Supplies
  • Diapers
  • Tissues
Personal Documents and Money
  • Scriptures
  • Patriarchal blessing
  • Legal Documents (birth/marriage certificates, wills, passports, contracts, etc.)
  • Vaccination papers
  • Insurance policies
  • Cash (in $1.00 bills and some change-if power is out businesses will likely not be able to make change)
  • credit card
  • Pre-paid phone cards
  • Family picture/identification
  • List of important phone numbers
Bedding and Clothing
  • One complete change of clothing (short and long sleeved shirts, jeans, jackets, etc.)
  • Undergarments and socks
  • Extra eye glasses/contact lenses (contact lens solution)
  • Hat and gloves
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Rain Coat/poncho
  • Sleeping bag/blanket/emergency heat blanket
Tools and Equipment
  • Pocket knife
  • Shovel
  • Sewing kit
  • Radio
  • Can opener
  • Dishes/utensils
  • Axe
  • Rope
  • Duct tape and roll of plastic (may be used to seal broken windows)
  • Whistle
  • Extra bags (zip-lock, grocery, etc.)
Fuel and Light
  • Flashlight/lamp
  • Extra batteries
  • Flares
  • Candles
  • Lighter
  • Water-proof matches
  • Light sticks
Stress Relief/Entertainment
  • Books (for reading, coloring books, puzzle books, etc.)
  • Crayons/pens/pencils
  • Small toys/games
  • Paper


mamaseversike said...

Great job! Don't be intimidated, just begin somewhere! For those who are in good shape: have a peek and see what needs to be 'refreshed'. We'll help each other! :)

Tracy Adams said...

What kind of bag or bin is water proof? What do you use?