Get Your 72 Hour Emergency Kit Together
In your planning you will want to consider what types of emergencies and disaster you may be faced with and plan for those types of emergencies. A great start is to get a 72 hours emergency kit together. This can be as big as you would like. You may also want to get prepared in case the emergency or disaster forces you to leave your home. This would include your urban or rural homestead, you may have to as they say “Bug Out”. To start out this would be an easy way to start. You could then get more prepared by having an emergency kit in your car or in a stash elsewhere.
Having put together your family 72 hour emergency kit can bring you a little feeling of safety and security. You could just go out and purchase them, but you and your family can certainly have a little fun putting one together with each other. At the same time save a little money as well.
Emergency preparation and readiness begins with having a strategy in place and also the appropriate equipment to make it through
and up to at least 72 hours, in the hopes that things will return to normal after that. Your emergency kit can defiantly be a big asset in your time of need.
- The first thing you need is a 3 day long supply of both food and water. 1 gallon of water each will usually do, if you would like to maintain your kit you could fill it with granola bars, and also other quick snacks and non perishable items.
- At the very least 1 additional change of clothing each and foot wear. This should consist of pants, t-shirt, socks and also underwear, as well you should take into account the weather and temperature level of the area you live. Perspiration tee shirts for warm climate, and thermal underwear for winter season.
- Add a set of rain gear for when weather is truly bad.
- You will also need a decent supply of both flashlights and batteries to keep them powered throughout the next 3 days. You could use a crank flashlight. The light is also for good for comfort
- Candles can also often be added to your 72 hour package, in addition to water proof matches, lighters, and flares.
- Standard toiletries are a must. You need to have tooth paste, tooth brushes, tissue paper, toilet tissue, and soap for hygienic functions.
- Basic medicine and prescription drugs are vital. Allergy medicines and basic pain killers are a plus. Remember 72 hours plus.
- Standard utensils and also various devices and equipment are also excellent to have. These will certainly include forks and spoons (can be plastic), knives, can opener, paper plates, shovel, rope, duct tape, plastic bags, tarps, a multi tool, blankets, sleeping bags, radio, fire extinguisher, bleach, and plastic buckets can be used as a toilet just line it with a plastic bag. Also some games or activities to keep your children occupied.
- Do not forget feminine hygiene products! They can also be used for first aid.
- A first Aid Kit. Hand sanitizers, scissors, pocket knife. It is a really good idea to take a first aid course.
- Personal files are very important. A stash of money, your birth documents, any type of crucial legal papers, deeds, insurance documents, and even pre-paid phone cards are a good idea. Do not forget some photos.
- Pet Food and medication.
- Most important a copy of your emergency plan, including plan B.
It is always a great idea to update your 72 hour kit approximately every 6 months. The kit can be saved in almost anything that you see fit, as well as stored in your basement, wardrobe, an out building etc. as part of your emergency preparedness effort. You may sore your supplies in a Rubbermaid container; this container can also be used.
This is not too big a task but a task that can be life saving, get started.
On the next page you will find a few videos on Emergency 72 hour kits and also 72 hour Bug out Bags.