Monday, August 8, 2011

72 Hour Emergency Kit

I was inspired to post blogs about emergency preparedness because when my grandparents came to visit they bought my family some food storage. Now my ward is handing out a lot of emergency preparedness handout. Which is just another example of how important having a food storage, 72 hour kit and other emergency preparedness items are.

This weeks ward handout was about 72 hour kits. It said:

"72 Hour Emergency Kit
By Rachel Woods, About LDS Guide,

  • Update your kit every six months (put a note in your calendar/planner) to make sure that: all food, water, and medication are fresh (not expired), clothing fits, personal documents and credit cards are up to date.
  • Small toys/games are important too as they will provide some comfort and entertainment during a stressful time.
  • Older children can be responsible for their own pack of items/clothes too.
  • You can include any other items you feel are necessary for your family's survival.
  • Some items and/or flavors might leak, melt, "flavor" other items, or break open. Dividing groups of items into individual Ziploc bags might help prevent this.
Food and water
(3 day supply of food & water per person when no refrigeration/cooking is available)
  • Protein/granola bars
  • Trail mix/dried fruit
  • Crackers/cereal (for munching)
  • Canned tuna, beans, meat, Vienna sausages, etc ("pop-top" cans might leak/explode & Jerky can "flavor" other items)
  • Canned juice
  • Candy/gum (Jolly Ranchers can melt & mint gum might "flavor" other items)
  • Water (1 gallon/4 liters per person)
  • Change of clothing (short and long sleeve shirts, pants, socks, jackets, etc.)
  • Undergarments
  • Rain coat/Poncho
  • Blanket and Emergency Heat Blankets
  • Cloth sheet
  • Plastic sheet
Fuel & Light
  • Battery lighting (flashlights, lamps)
  • Extra batteries
  • Flares
  • Candles
  • Lighter
  • Water-proof matches
  • Can opener
  • Dishes/utensils
  • Shovel
  • Radio (with batteries)
  • Pen and paper
  • Axe
  • Pocket knife
  • Rope
  • Duct tape
Personal Supplies & Medication
  • First aid supplies
  • Toiletries (roll of toilet paper-remove center tube to easily flatten into a zip-lock bag feminine hygiene, folding brush, etc)
  • Cleaning supplies (mini hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, dish soap, etc. Warning: Scented soap might "flavor" food items.)
  • Immunizations Up-to date
  • Mediation (Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Children's medication, etc.
  • Prescription Medication (for 3 days)
Personal Documents and Money
(Place these items in a water-proof container!)
  • Scriptures (miniature ones are lighter)
  • Genealogy Records
  • Patriarchal Blessing
  • Legal Documents (Birth/Marriage Certificates, Wills, Passports, Contracts)
  • Vaccination papers
  • Insurances Policies
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Pre-paid phone cards
  • Bag or bags to put 72 hour kit items in (such as duffel bags or hiking back packs which work great)
  • Infant needs (if applicable)"


  1. Hello! Newest follower from the Mingle Monday blog hop! Would love for you to stop by and follow back, whenever you get a chance. Have a great week! (:


  2. Great post! LIving in south Louisiana we always had to be prepared for hurricanes. Most people overlook being stocked and prepared, but it really is important.

    Found you on the blog hop! I'm your newest follower!

  3. what a comprehensive list! we need to do this in our family!

    thanks for stopping by the other day!

    andiejaye @ crayonfreckles

  4. Great idea and I never thought to include bedding in case of an emergency. It definitely makes sense, but it's just one of those things that could easily be overlooked.


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