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72 Hour Emergency Kit

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The 72-Hour Emergency Kit should be individually tailored to meet the basic survival needs of your family for three days to a week. Most families prefer to store their emergency supplies in one location that is relatively safe, yet easily accessible if evacuation is required. Items may be stored in a 32-gallon trash can, suitcase, duffel bag, backpack, footlocker or individual pack.

The items under Emergency Needs are recommended for your kit.

Emergency Needs

* Battery Powered Radio
* First Aid Kit
* Sleeping Bags Blankets (wool & thermal)
* Manual Can Opener
* Waterproof/Windproof Matches
* Non-Perishable Foods *
* Flashlight
* Water Storage (1 gal./day)
* Water purification tablets
* Utility Knife
* Emergency Candles
* Extra Eyeglasses/Contact Lenses
* Essential Medications
* Extra Clothing

*Suggested non-perishable food items: Ready-to-eat goods in unbreakable containers, canned meats, juice, fruits & vegetables, powdered milk, infant care foods, crackers, peanut butter, freeze-dried & dehydrated goods.

Sanitation Kit

* Plastic Bucket w/Tightly Fitted Lid
* Plastic Bags & Ties
* Disinfectant
* Improvised Toilet Seat
* Paper Cups & Plates
* Personal Toiletries
* Baby Supplies
* Aluminum Foil
* Paper Towels
* Personal Hygienic Needs
* Plastic Utensils
* Soap

Other Emergency Needs

* Pen & Paper
* Money
* Address & Phone Numbers
* Work Gloves
* Basic Tools

Standard First Aid Kit

* First Aid Manual
* Aspirin or Pain Relievers
* Laxatives
* Rubbing Alcohol
* Diarrhea Medicine
* Petroleum Jelly
* Soap
* Salt
* Gauze
* Band-aids
* Triangular Bandage (36 x 36 x 52)
* Elastic Bandage
* Cotton Balls
* Cotton Swabs
* Safety Pins
* Scissors
* Thermometer
* Sanitary Napkins (Pressure Dressing)
* Disposable Diapers (Dressing/ Splint/Padding)
* Micro-pore Adhesive, Paper Tape
* Matches
* Needles
* Tweezers
* Small Splints, Popsicle Sticks
* Heavy String
* Syrup of Ipecac
* Individual Medical Needs
* Baking Soda (1/2 tsp. soda + 1 tsp. salt + 1 qt. water for shock)

Car Survival Kit

* Always Maintain at Least ½ Tank of Gas
* First Aid Kit & Manual
* Class ABC Fire Extinguisher
* Radio & Batteries
* Non-Perishable Food Stored in Coffee Can
* Bottled Water
* Bag of Sand, Shovel & Tools
* Blankets or Sleeping Bags
* Sundry Kit, Paper & Pencil, Map, Tissues, Premoistened Towels, Plastic Bags, Essential Medications
* Flashlights & Batteries
* Reflectors & Flares
* Waterproof Matches & Candles
* Jumper Cables
* Short Rubber Hose for Siphoning

Make Copies of All Legal Papers

* Marriage License
* House Mortgage
* Vacation Home / Property Ownership
* Automotive Ownership
* Motor Home Ownership
* Wills
* Jewelry Appraisals
* Drivers Licenses
* Trailers, Snowmobiles, Boat Ownerships
* Insurance Policies
* Bank Accounts

When Assembling Emergency Supplies for the Household, Include Items for Pets

* Extra food (The food should be dry and relatively unappealing to prevent overeating. Store the food in sturdy containers.)
* Kitty litter
* Large capacity self-feeder and water dispenser
* Extra medications

How to Store Water - Store your water in thoroughly washed plastic, glass, fiberglass or enamel-lined metal containers. Never use a container that has held toxic substances. Be sure to purify the water by:

* Boiling
* Disinfection (household liquid bleach: 16 drops/gal. of water, stir & let stand 30 min.)
* Distillation (boil 2 pot water & collect the vapor by tying a cup to the upside down pot lid - the cup shouldn't dangle in the water-it will condense back to water in the cup)

Emergency Outdoor Water Sources - If you need to find water outside your home, you can use these sources:

* Rainwater
* Streams, rivers & other moving bodies of water
* Ponds & lakes
* Natural Springs



 

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