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HOW TO PREPARE: EMERGENCY KITS

  • 72 Hour Kit
  • Car Kit

There are many types of disasters and emergencies: floods, fires, earthquakes,hurricanes and tornadoes. in many cases, a 72 hour kit could mean the difference between life and death. It is estimated that after a major disaster, it may take up to three days for relief workers to reach some areas. It would be wise to consider a 72 hour kit that you could live on for 7-10 days. In such a case, If you live in a disaster prone area a 72-hour kit is the minimum you should have available. Plan your 72 hour kit according to your familys’ size.

Info You Need To Know about 72 Hour Kits

  1. Your 72 hour kit should be in a portable container located near an exit of your house or better, sheltered in your backyard.
  2. Each family member should have their own 72 hour kit with food, clothing and water. Distribute heavy items between kits.
  3. Enclose the extra clothing, matches, personal documents, and other items damageable by smoke or water in plastic to protect them.
  4. Keep a light source in the top of your 72 hour kit, so you can find it quickly in the dark.
  5. Personalize your 72 hour kit. Make sure you fill the needs of each family member.
  6. Inspect your 72 hour kit at least twice a year. Rotate food and water every six months. Don’t forget to check your medications. Check children’s clothing for proper fit. Adjust clothing for winter or summer needs. Check expiration dates on batteries, light sticks, warm packs, food and water.
  7. Consider the needs of elderly people as well as those with handicaps or other special needs when building your 72 hour kit. For example: for babies, store diapers,

Contents of the Kit

  • 1-2 gallons of water per person, per day. Should be stored for sanitation and drinking
  • Method of water purification
  • 72 hour supply of Food
  • Windproof/waterproof matches
  • Second method to start a fire
  • Tent/shelter
  • Wool-blend blanket or sleeping bag
  • Emergency reflective blanket
  • Lightweight stove and fuel
  • Hand and body warm packs
  • Poncho
  • Light Sources
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Candle
  • Light stick
  • Tools
  • Pocket knife
  • Shovel
  • Hatchet or Axe
  • Sewing kit
  • 50-foot nylon rope
  • First aid kit and supplies
  • Burn gel and dressings
  • Bottle of potassium iodide tables
  • Communications - Radio with batteries
  • Whistle with neck cord
  • Personal Sanitation
  • Personal comfort kit (include soap, toothbrush and gel, comb, tissue, sanitary napkins razor), and other needed items
  • Extra Clothing: A complete outfit of appropriate clothing for each family member. Include extra socks, underwear, hat, sturdy shoes, and gloves
  • Money: At least $50 in small bills in your kit. Be sure to include quarters and dimes for phone calls
  • Stress Relievers: Games, books, hard candy, inspirational reading. For children: small toys, paper and pen, favorite security items.
  • Important Papers: Copies of documents important to your family (such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, wills, insurance forms), phone numbers you might need, credit card information.
  • Additional items
  • Extra food
  • Camp Stove, Mess kits, and other cooking equipment
  • Sun block
  • Insect repellent
  • Portable toilet
  • Special medication, extra glasses
  • Portable Container
  • Durable water resistant duffel bag, frame pack or day pack

When an earthquake or other emergency occurs, you may not be at home. Keeping these items in your car will make you more comfortable and help you be prepared for the hectic hours ahead. They’re also useful during non-emergency situations!

Emergency Supplies to Keep in Your Car

Get a backpack. Print out this list and keep it in your wallet or purse. Add items to your kit as you obtain them…Stay safe!

  • Water — At least one gallon in your car, replace every 6 months.
  • Snack Foods— Provide nourishment while trying to get home. Avoid very salty foods.
  • Flashlight & Batteries — Power may be out. Keep the batteries in their original package and replace before the expiration date.
  • Light sticks — In case batteries don’t work…light sticks give up to 12 hours of light.
  • First Aid Kit — Treat minor injuries.
  • Battery Radio — Keep informed when power is out and to receive the safety information from local stations.
  • Eyeglasses —Keep an old pair of glasses available in case yours are lost or damaged.
  • Prescription Medications — Keep five days supply of important medications with you at all times. Change them each time you refill your prescription.
  • "Swiss Army" Knife — Multi use tool for most situations.
  • Manual Can Opener — To open canned food.
  • Dust Mask (N95 type) — Minimize inhaling dust after an earthquake. Not all dust masks keep your lungs safe. Be sure that the masks shows an an N95 rating.
  • Matches — Not to be used if natural gas is present. Cooking fires, lanterns.
  • Shoes — Protect feet from broken glass, nails, etc.
  • Toilet Paper — In case you’re stranded!
  • Work Gloves — Protect hands from glass and other hazards.
  • Toothbrush & Paste — You may not get home for a while.
  • Old Clothes — Comfort and protection from elements.
  • Shampoo & comb — If you have the opportunity to freshen up.
  • Goggles — Protect eyes from dust and debris.
  • Deodorant — Aid comfort in stressful situations.
  • Space Blanket — Light weight, compact, will keep you warm.
  • Whistle — Provide a means to call for help.
  • Heat Pak — Warmth or injury treatment.
  • Medical Gloves — Bacteria protection while giving first aid.
  • First Aid Book — Assist with first aid treatment.
  • Antibacterial Wipes — Keep hands clean and conserve water.
  • Dollars & Quarters — ATMs may not work. Businesses can require cash payments and have minimal change. Pay phones will be useable before residential phones.
  • Insurance Information — Keep a duplicate copy with you in case you can’t get back in your house.
  • Phone Numbers — Out of area contact who can relay information to other family members. Local area codes will be blocked. School emergency contact numbers.
  • Chapstick — Keep lips healthy.
  • Rain Poncho — Protection from rain.
  • Upset Stomach Relief Medicine — Relief in case you eat bad food or water.
  • Vitamin C — Promote health in stressful situations.
  • Facial Tissues — Multi use product.
  • Family Photo — Help other to locate your family members.
  • Plastic Bags — Disposal of waste products.
  • Include anything else that will make you more comfortable!