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72 HOUR KITS

 

The time to prepare for an emergency is long before the crisis occurs. By thinking ahead, organizing supplies, gathering equipment, and developing contingency plans, many emergencies can be met with confident resolve instead of frantic panic.

How do I begin to prepare?

Consider what type of emergencies might arise.

Outline a plan of action in case of each emergency.

Make a list of supplies you might need in case of emergency.

Obtain and organize emergency supplies in orderly, easily-accessible kit(s), shelves, closets, etc.

Practice emergency drills with your family so everyone knows what to do.

Suggestions:

  

Month by Month 72 Hour Kit Ideas

(For Individuals)

Month

Item

Used For

January

Container: Tennis Ball Can or Similar

To store items

Safety Pins (3 small)

Repairs

Band-Aids with Antibiotic

Cuts, Scrapes

Aluminum Foil (2 square feet)

Cup to boil water, cooking

February

Lamp Candle or Emergency Candle

Light

March

Waterproof Matches

Fire

April

Space Blanket

Warmth

May

Antiseptic Wipes/Alcohol Wipes

Cleansing Wounds

June

Mirror, Whistle

Signal for Help

July

Tube Tent (Sleeps Two)

Shelter

August

Duct Tape

Repairs

Cord (5 feet heavy nylon)

Repairs

September

1 Granola Bar

Food

October

1 Cider Packet

Drink

November

2 Bouillon Cubes

Food

December

Bandanna

First Aid, Face/Head Protection

To the above add a change of clothes, water and personal medications.

 

  

Month by Month 72 Hour Kit Ideas

(For Families)

Month

Item

Used For

January

Container: #10 Can (1 Per Person)

To store items

Safety Pins (3 small)

Repairs

3 Band-Aids with Antibiotic

Cuts, Scrapes

Aluminum Foil (3 square feet)

Cup to boil water, cooking

February

2 Lamp Candle or Emergency Candle

Light

Waterproof Matches

Fire

March

Space Blanket

Warmth

April

Antiseptic Wipes/Alcohol Wipes

Cleansing Wounds

May

Mirror, Whistle

Signal for Help

June

Tube Tent (Sleeps Two)

Shelter

July

Duct Tape

Repairs

5 feet 24 gauge Brass Wire

Repairs

August

Cord (20 feet heavy nylon)

Repairs

Bar Soap

Cleansing Agent

September

2 Granola Bars

Food

3 Bouillon Cubes

October

2 Cider Packets

Drink

6 Pieces of Hard Candy

Stress Food

November

Insect Repellent

Prevent Bites

Utility Knife

Various Uses

December

Bandanna

First Aid, Face/Head Protection

Flash Light with Batteries

Light

To the above add a change of clothes, water and personal medications.

If you have infants or toddlers, donít forget to include such items as formulas, baby foods, diapers and baby wipes.

 

 

Month by Month 72 Hour Kit Ideas

To Compliment the Basic Kit

(For Families)

Month

Item

Used For

January

Have Immediately Available:

Container: 32 gallon container or

To store items

Individual Back Packs

Battery Powered Radio

News and Updates on Conditions

Flashlight with extra batteries

Light

February

Emergency Needs:

Instruction Manuals on Emergency Preparedness

Water Storage 1 gallon per person

(2 gallons per person per day is best)

Sleeping bags or blankets per person

Warmth

Fuel for cooking (optional-store with caution)

March

Sanitation Kit Part 1:

Plastic bucket with tightly fitted lid

Plastic bags and ties

Toilet paper

Disinfectant

Improvised toilet seat

Personal hygiene items for sanitary purposes

Hand Sanitizer

April

Sanitation Kit Part 2:

Paper towels

Paper cups

Paper plates

Plastic utensils

Can opener (if stored items that need one)

Utility Knife (Leatherman or multipurpose handtools)

May

Stress Entertainment:

Children: Coloring books, crayons, story books, items your children enjoy

Adults: Books, needle work, hobbies and entertainment your family enjoys

June

Food Part 1:

Light

Ready-to-eat (canned) Ė 3 day supply

Meats: tuna, sardines, Vienna sausages, salmon (1/2 pound per person)

Pork and beans (1/2 pound per person)

Fruit cocktail (1/2 pound per person)

Peanut butter (1/2 pound per person)

Powdered milk (1/2 pound per person) OR Canned Milk

July

Food Part 2:

Canned juices (46 oz. per person)

Dried fruit: (CAUTION-drink plenty of water)

Apricots, raisins, prunes, fruit roll-ups, fruit gushers etc.

Crackers

Graham crackers (1 pound per person)

Infant care: Canned milk (formula) and bottles

August

Stress Foods:

Sugar cookies

Sweetened cereals

Hard candy

September

Home Standard First Aid Kit Part 1:

Adhesive tape

Ammonia

Antibiotic ointment

Bicarbonate of soda

Calamine lotion

Consecrated oil

Diarrhea remedy

Elastic bandages

First Aid instruction book

Gauze bandages

Hot-water bottle

Hydrogen peroxide

Knife

Latex Gloves

Matches

Measuring cup

October

Home Standard First Aid Kit Part 2:

Medicine dropper

Needles

Nonprescription drugs, including:

Pain reliever, such as aspirin

Antacid

Laxative

Anti-diarrhea medication

Any medication commonly used by members of the household.

Paper bags

Petroleum jelly or other lubricant

Prescription medications

Razor blades

Rubbing alcohol

Safety pins

Soap

Scissors

Thermometer

Tongue blades

Triangle bandages

Tweezers

November

Car (Traveling) First Aid Kit Part 1:

Blanket

Flashlight with batteries

Reflectors and flares

An "emergency, call police" sign to put in the windshield and a red or white cloth that could be tied to an antenna.

12-foot jumper cables

Utility knife

Tire inflater (such as Fix-A-Flat)

December

Car (Traveling) First Aid Kit Part 2:

Small First-aid kit

Clothing and bedding are vital when driving in winter conditions. Make sure you have a full extra set of clothing for everyone and that all the items of clothing and footwear fit properly and are practical.

Water

1 quart oil

Have extra bottled water or Gatorade for drinking during the warmer seasons.

A simple stock of food, including chocolate bars for winter-time in Ziplock™ bags.

Rope

Extra fuses

 

ANOTHER MONTH-TO-MONTH SCHEDULE FOR 72 HOUR KITS

(Content provided by Mary Catherine ("Cathy") Miller)

1ST MONTH

1 gallon water per person

scriptures

personal documents--genealogical records, wills, passports, insurance, contracts, birth certificates, patriarchal

blessings, etc.

$25.00 cash

2ND MONTH

1 pound dried fruit or trail mix per person (can use fruit leather)

1 package soda crackers per person (4 per box)

1 package graham crackers per person (4 per box)

2 liters tomato or orange juice per person (Note: these items will be rotated every 6 months)

ALSO make a goal to always have the fuel tanks on ALL vehicles at least half full.

3RD MONTH

4 granola bars per person

2 sticks beef jerky per person

1 package chewing gum per person

hard candies or lollipops--at least 12 per person (note these items will be rotated every 6 months)

4TH MONTH

battery powered radio

battery powered light

batteries

5th MONTH

Container for holding kit. Large garbage cans with wheels OR a back pack for each family member recommended. Find a place in your home that is easily accessible for storing the kit. You need to be able to grab it at a moment's notice to leave your home. Note: Your first aid kit is also part of the 72 hour kit. Note: your 72 hour kit is also part of your general storage, but your general storage CANNOT be part of your 72 hour kit. When you need it there may not be time to gather it together for transport.

6th MONTH

Emergency blankets (the silver foil ones)

gather items to entertain your family and include in kit--UNO cards, coloring books and crayons, x-stitch kit etc. Be sure to include paper and pencils.

camp stove or portable BBQ and fuel

mosquito repellant

$25 cash

7th MONTH

1 can tuna per person

1 can pork and beans per person

1/2 pound dried milk per person

2 packets hot chocolate mix per person (or 1 large can per family).

2 instant soup packets per person (these should be rotated every year)

disposable plates, cups, bowls and flatware

pet supplies-be sure to include dishes, leash and extra water

8th MONTH

1 pound dried fruit or trail mix per person (can use fruit leather)

1 package soda crackers per person (4 per box)

1 package graham crackers per person (4 per box)

2 liters tomato or orange juice per person (Note: these items will be rotated every 6 months)

9th MONTH

4 granola bars per person

2 sticks beef jerky per person

1 package chewing gum per person

hard candies or lollipops--at least 12 per person (note these items will be rotated every 6 months)

Check batteries for light and radio. Replace if needed.

10th MONTH

soap

toothbrushes and toothpaste

shaving supplies

infant needs

feminine needs

disinfectant

aluminum foil

11th MONTH

garbage bags

candles

matches

can opener

12th MONTH

Gather a change of clothing including underwear and shoes for each family member--include warm coats and boots, or have them immediately accessible.

ax, shovel and bucket

utility knife

$20.00 cash

$5.00 in change for phone

13th MONTH

72 hour kit:

1 gallon water per person

scriptures

personal documents--genealogical records, wills, passports, insurance, contracts, birth certificates, patriarchal blessings, etc.

$25.00 cash

14th MONTH

1 pound dried fruit or trail mix per person (can use fruit leather)

1 package soda crackers per person (4 per box)

1 package graham crackers per person (4 per box)

2 liters tomato or orange juice per person (Note: these items will be rotated every 6 months)

ALSO make a goal to always have the fuel tanks on ALL vehicles at least half full.

15th MONTH

4 granola bars per person

2 sticks beef jerky per person

1 package chewing gum per person

hard candies or lollipops--at least 12 per person (note these items will be rotated every 6 months)

 

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