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very important for each family to have an accessible kit that would
sustain life for up to 3 days if needed.
City officials and your local governments and cities usually need 3 days to get basic utilities back on line in times of disaster.
Also see 'MY BUG OUT BAG' for more ideas!
of us ever expect to have to be evacuated from our homes, but the truth
is, that it could happen to any of us, and we need to be prepared for
Natural disasters such as snow storms, fires, tornadoes,
severe storms, civil disturbances, and earthquakes send thousands
from their homes every year in the US and Canada alone.
You will need enough supplies for each of your family members. Each kit should be easily reachable near an exit in your home. A good place to store these would be in a hall closet near the front or back door.
TYPES OF HOLDERS
Sweatshirt 72-hour kits.
You can make an easy to carry 'sweatshirt pack' if you wish. Simple take an ordinary sweatshirt - each family member can have their own size, and if you don't have used ones, go to a yard sale or thrift shop to purchase them. Sew the bottom of the sweatshirt shut using a needle and dental floss for stability. Do the same with the sleeves. Each sleeve can hold bottled water and a warm pair of socks. Food storage in zip lock bags are then placed in the body of the shirt. These special 72 hour packs can be hung in the hall closet and slung over your back and shoulders in an emergency.
You can use the kids' old school backpacks for your 72 hours kits also. This way each child/teen can carry their own. We have 2 backpacks- one on wheels, in addition to a large white bucket kit. Backpacks on wheels on GREAT! Have one for each kid.
Shared by a
"Bev, Once we did this for the whole family. We were kind of poor so instead of buying Christmas gifs we bought things that went inside the pack (we bought back packs) and wrapped them up in bulk. Then on Christmas morning we all sat around the tree and assembled our individual packs. Each pack was individualized to the person who was using it and we used a 3x5 card to list everything that was in each compartment of the pack so you could read it like a menu. That would help you to keep from digging through everything all the time."
Our kit items are stored in large white frosting buckets that I purchased from our grocery store. Most delis sell clean, empty buckets with tight-fitting lids, for a few dollars. They are waterproof and food safe, so I recommend that you go to any grocery store that has a 'from-scratch' bakery and ask if they sell similar buckets. (The ones we have had 40 lbs of frosting in them originally.)
CONTENTS of KITS
For Warmth and Shelter
Small tent and 2 sleeping bags (we have 5 sleeping bags ready to grab, in our hall closet if we needed to evacuate.)
Water-Proof Matches , or a couple of lighters
Emergency reflective blankets
2 6-hour Hand and Body warm packs
6' length of Tin foil for cooking (folded up flat)
Wool mittens, hats
Flashlight -battery run or hand generated
Batteries -stored separately
100 hour emergency candle
2 Light sticks
First Aid Kit
Plus bottle of Potassium iodide tablets for purifying water (I have found them in camping supplies at Walmart, Shopko, etc)
Bug dope -get the small/sample packets to save space
Sunscreen SPT 45 or higher - small bottle - be sure it is UVB and UVA protection
at least $50 in change and small bills in your kit, plus quarters and dimes for phone calls.
make sure that there have $5 in quarters and dimes in each child's kit also
6 Beef or Buffalo Jerky sticks (3 per day each) -a high quality one is available at the ON Store.
2 cans of meat
2 cans vegetables
2 cans fruit
2 cans Soup, read-to-eat variety
small pkg cookies or crackers
4 Power Bars
3 packages of hot chocolate & 2 qts. potable water, easily stored in plastic pop bottles.
Hard Candy and Chewing Gum
WATER at least 2 gallon per person. And a water purification system.
(Meals Ready to Eat) -also found some of these in the camping
at department stores. These are very handy for 72 hour kits and you
buy one for each meal instead of some of the other products listed here.
Packages of peanut butter and crackers
small can opener - did I mention that already???
Paper Plates and cups, Plastic silverware
3-4 large garbage bags (can serve as a rain poncho if needed)
needs (Place in an ice cream bucket)*
small bar of soap (hotel soap works great)
toothbrushes and gel toothpaste, or baking soda
roll of toilet paper
sanitary napkins (good for large wounds)
Boy Scout Handbook for info on 1st Aid and survival
small-disposable pack wash wipes
MEDICINE if family members are on prescription meds
Don't forget food for pets for 3 days too.
Change of underclothing, and warm, dry socks for each person.
Small am/fm radio with batteries stored separately in the bucket
Whistle with neck cord
Ham Radio if you have a license.
Shovel (foldable ones are available in many dept stores in camping supplies)
Hatchet or ax
Sewing kit - 2 needles, 2 pins, 2 buttons, needle threader, small spool of white thread
50 foot nylon rope and 12 clothespins
Fishing line and 3 hooks
Copies of birth certificates, marriage license, will, insurance forms, copies of genealogy records
Phone numbers you might need
Credit card info
Up to date photos of each family member
I also took finger prints and hand prints of each family member for identification
Potable (drinkable)water--very important!
When my boys were toddlers, I kept a change of clothes in the kit also. If you have babies, you will need some paper diapers also.
It is a sensible idea to change the food and clothing in these kits every 6 months, when you switch the clocks back or forward perhaps. This is especially true if you have small children as they out-grow them so quickly.
Durable nylon packs
Metalized Woven Thermal Blanket
Separate nylon bag with tent.
An Ice Cream bucket with lid and a roll of toilet paper inside, can be used for a porta potty if needed.
Even if you live in warm areas of the country or world, you still need warm clothing in case of rain and winds. People get very chilled if wet and under stress. You don't want to experience hypo-thermia!
to personalize your bucket with items that fit your family. Also
have enough items for each family member split among several
being sure enough people will be able to grab and carry them quickly.
OFFSITE LINKS to 72 hour kits
LIST of water and food for 72 hours