Monday, April 9, 2012

72 hour kits

This post is about 72 hour kits. What's the difference between that and an emergency kit? Not much to be honest, except this kit is designed to keep you alive, fed, watered, and clothed for 72 hours. They are meant to coincide with each other, however the emergency kits can be used when something like the power goes out. 72 hour kits are generally used in case of evacuation! But like I said, they are meant to work together. I would keep them in the same area so you can grab them both if needed. These need to be changed every once in a while. *A great saying to remember this is "change your clocks, check your stock". During every daylight savings time you should check your stocks, if you live in an area that doesn't do daylight savings time you should choose 2 months 6 months apart and set reminders to check!* You out grow clothes, or the clothes are no longer appropriate for the season (ie, shorts in the summer and sweats in the winter). The food should not go bad, but maybe you want to add or change something.

These are meant to fit in backpacks or small rollie suitcases. These need be easily transported.In the event of an evacuation you may only have minutes to gather what you need. Having these all together in one place will help save time and panic. You might also want to keep a list taped to one of them of additional items you want to grab in the few minutes you have. Examples: kids favorite blankie, your wedding album, lock box with important documents in them, cell phone chargers, or whatever else you hold important.

Here are the blogs I'm working from for these:

Luxe Finds - Luxury 72 hour emergency preparedness kit for families
How Does She? - 72 hour kits for kids
These Are The Days - 72 hour kits
Provident Living Today - Meals ready to eat, a three month supply

  1. Water -- at least one gallon per day per person
  2. Food -- non perishable items for three days
  3. Flashlights -- don't forget the extra batteries
  4. Candle and waterproof matches -- for fire, warmth, light and cooking
  5. First aid kit -- include pain reliever and prescription meds 
  6. Whistle/mirror -- for signaling
  7. Toilet paper, garbage bags and plastic ties -- for personal sanitation
  8. Copies of important documents -- keep in a water proof bag
  9. Special needs -- baby, pet, personal items as needed
  10. Games
  11. Coloring Activites
  12. Copies of favorite books
  13. Backpack/bag/container -- to hold everything
SAMPLE 72-HOUR FOOD KIT (per person) **only suggestions, you do what you need to for YOUR family!**
  • 6 (8 oz.) boxes juice
  • 3 (8 oz.) boxes milk
  • 2 granola bars
  • 1/3 lb. graham crackers
  • 5 (1.4 oz.) pkg. sandwich crackers
  • 6 (.5 oz.) fruit roll-ups
  • 4 (2 oz.) pkg. trail mix
  • 5 (1.5 oz.) pkg. raisins
  • 6 to 7-1/2 oz. peanut butter
  • 3 ounce can tuna
  • 7 beef jerky
  • 1 package gum
  • fork
  • spoon
  • knife
  • 18 wet wipes
  • Pack in an air and moisture-proof container or bag.
Then it tells you how to use the food.  I thought that was helpful.  We made copies of these and put them in each kit.

EMERGENCY MENU (per person)
1 milk
2 juice
1 granola bar
2 fruit roll-ups
1 pkg. trail mix
2 pkgs. raisins
3 oz. peanut butter
2 pkgs. sandwich crackers
3 jerky

1 milk
2 juice
1 granola bar
2 fruit roll-ups
2 pkgs. trail mix
1 pkg. raisins
3 oz. peanut butter
2 pkgs. sandwich crackers
3 jerky

1 milk
2 juice
2 fruit roll-ups
1 pkg. trail mix
2 pkgs. raisins
1/3 lb. graham crackers
1-1/2 oz. peanut butter
1 pkg. sandwich crackers
3 oz. can tuna
1 jerky

Some other idea's for food: dried soups (make sure you have extra water and a pot for them), treats your kids love, chef boyardee easy foods, easy mac and cheese, fruit packages, dried milk (with a pitcher), chocolate milk powder.

Be creative, this is something intended to keep your family alive, and if you don't think you'll eat it or use it, DON'T pack it!! One other suggestion I got from my mom; if you have young kids and might be walking it would be a good idea to invest in a wagon. The kids can sit or you can place the items in the wagon and pull it along.


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