April 6, 2012



The first 72 hours after an emergency event you will likely be on your own.  Having a portable 72-hour kit for each member of the family will put you in a position to survive and take care of your family.  There is a good chance you will not be at home in the event of an emergency so a small kit in your car and at work will be important.


Here is an easy checklist for a Basic 24 Hour Kit:

  • Contact list of relatives
  • Emergency contact list
  • Copies of identification, credit cards, health identification cards, some cash in small denominations and coins
  • Bottled Water
  • Whistle, flashlight or headlamp, and shoes (under your bed?!)
  • Sanititation (towelettes, hand sanitizer, TP, baggies)
  • Prescription medicines, special needs items
  • Sweatshirt, sweat pants, warm hat
  • Emergency blanket
  • Non-perishable foods (granola bars etc.–more information next week!)
  • Child’s bag–include a familiar toy
  • Small container of Clorox unscented bleach and medicine dropper
  • Small notebook and pencil


  • Additional water
  • Small tools, pry bar, channel lock pliers, screwdriver 4-1
  • Battery powered radio
  • Small first aid kit
  • Dust masks
  • Duct tape
  • Permanent marker
  • Extra Keys to home and cars
  • Heavy duty gloves
  • Pocket knife


  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flares
  • Large First Aid Kit

Next week I’ll list resources and ideas for adding non-perishable foods to your emergency kits!

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