How To Make A 72 Hour Emergency Kit from

September is National Emergency Preparedness month.  One of the items that the emergency preparedness experts suggest you have is a 72 Hour Kit. FEMA recommends that each household puts together a disaster supply kit that “is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.”

A 72 Hour Kit is enough food, water and supplies to last your family for 3 days in the case of an emergency.  We aren’t talking about being a “prepper” but having just enough of the basic essentials to get you through until the electricity comes back on or someone can reach your home to evacuate you.

The Basics of the 72 Hour Kit

The first things you will need are the basics, such as food and water. It is recommended that you have one gallon of water per person in the family per day. So, if you have three people in your family, you’ll need at least 9 gallons of water.

You will also want nonperishable food, preferably canned food or things that are packaged and long-lasting. Think beans, peanut butter and mac and cheese that can be made with water.  You will want to make sure that you check the expiration dates once a year. As things get close to expiring, go ahead and eat them.  Then buy new stuff to replace it.  Oh, and the most important thing, be sure to have an old fashioned can opener to open those cans when the electricity is out.

Other Items for the 72 Hour Kit

Some other great items to put in your 72 Hour Kit as suggest by include:

      • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
      • Flashlight and extra batteries
      • First aid kit
      • Whistle to signal for help
      • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
      • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
      • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
      • Manual can opener for food
      • Local maps
      • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
      • Cash in small bills
      • Extra medication
      • Copies of important paperwork such as homeowners insurance policy, health insurance cards

Store your emergency kit in a tub. This will allow you to grab the entire thing and take it with you if you need it.  Ideally you will want to keep your kit, in a convenient place for a grab and go situation.

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Even More Supplies

There are so many other items that would be handy to have in your kit. You can find some expanded lists one these sites.

Homeland Security

Red Cross

For more ideas to create an emergency kit for your family, visit our Pinterest Board – Organize It! In Case of Emergency.

Like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts say, be prepared. You don’t have to do it all at once, but you need to be ready for a variety of emergencies and disasters that could strike your community, your home and your family.  Do you have your kit ready?

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