Friday, April 3, 2009

The Short List to Preparation - 72 Hour Kit

1. Backpack for each family member large enough to not need a second, consider padded straps, waist support, several compartments, comfort, and bright colors for quick find.
2. Food in your kits should be rated for a five-year shelf life. MRE’s and high calorie energy bars are the best choices and eating utensils.
3. Purchase pouched or boxed water that has a five-year shelf life. Bottled water purchased at the store is good for just 6-12 months.
4. Matches or flashlight and glow sticks instead of matches. Only use matches after a gas leak threat is passed. Separated batteries for flashlights and radios.
5. An extra set of keys for fast access. Whistle.
6. Identification card for each person. Parents should include child info. Each card should include: Parent’s names, address, and home and cell phone numbers plus numbers for close family and friends. Also include the name, address and phone number for a local contact person, an out of state contact person, the name and phone numbers of your doctor, dentist, optometrist, and church leaders. List any medications, special medical conditions, and allergies on the card as well. 7. Each kit should have several family photos to post if you are separated from a family member; family photo can be used to prove a relationship
8. A multi-function tool or pocketknife is a must. These can provide everything from can openers to screw drivers. Consider one that has a sheath with a belt loop.
9. At least one AM/FM (should have both bands) radio should be available per adult family member. Consider hand crank or by solar power.
10. Each basic first aid items in their own kit. Consider a backup pair of prescription glasses.
11. Emergency blankets (inexpensive, lightweight-- include in every 72-hour kit and every vehicle)
12. Consider biohazard bags to dispose of medical or hazardous waste
13. The Boy Scout Handbook
14. a small set of scriptures appropriate to the age of the family member.Nothing will be more comfort in an emergency than the voice of the Lord in scripture.

The Long List

How to Tackle this List:
Print the list.
Check off the items you already have as you put them in your pack.
Number the items you need to purchase from 1 -10, 1 being the most important.
Make a budget you can spend each shopping trip on 72 hr kit items and go through 1 -10.

Poly canteens, 1 quart*
Sierra cup*
Water purification tablets*
Water purifier & extra filters*
Water bag, nylon*
Water bag liners, plastic*
Solar still*
Rubber surgical tubing
Personal daily rations*
Energy bars, tablets*
Trail snacks
Hiking boots*
Trail sneakers*
Thermal underwear*
Shirts, short sleeve*
Shirts, long sleeve*
Shorts, hiking*
Trousers, long*
Belt and buckle*
Down vest*
Down jacket*
Gloves, leather*
Mittens, wool*
Bandanna, large*
Tent fly*
Tent poles*
Tent pegs*
Ground cloth*
Ultra light weight tarp*
Visk clamps*
Nylon line, 50 ft. 2 ea
Foam pad, closed cell*
Sleeping bag*
Air pillow
Cooking Equipment*
Frying pan, folding*
Cook set, nesting*
Can opener, P-38*
Eating utensil set*
Book matches, water proof*
Pack stove*
Fuel bottles*
Salt & Pepper*
Milk, dry, instant
Clean Up*
Scouring pads, soap filled*
Sanitary tablets & dunking bag*
Dish towel
Personal Hygiene & Sanitation*
Toilet trowel*
Toilet tissue, biodegradable*
Feminine hygiene items*
Comb and brush*
Eye drops*
Tooth brush & tooth paste*
Shaving gear* Deodorant*
Soap & soap dish*
Bath towel*
5 gallon bucket with toilet seat cover*
Garbage bags, biodegradtable*
Solid waste digestion tablets*
Dissolving toilet deodorant packets
Preventative Aid*
Foot powder*
Body powder, medicated*
Chigger powder*
Mosquito repellent*
Lip balm*
Sun block*
Body powder, medicated*
Corn starch*
Hand lotion
First Aid*
Personal First Aid Kit*
Family First Aid Kit
Emergency Gear*
Signal flares, night*
Signal smoke, day*
Signal die, water*
Signal mirror*
Strobe light*
Space blanket*
Hand warmers
Light, Heat, Fire making*
Pack lantern*
Spare lantern mantles*
Flash light*
Spare bulb, batteries*
Candle lantern*
Spare plumbers candles*
Glow sticks*
Match safe & matches*
Magnesium block*
Magnifying glass*
Spare flints
Map case*
Map measure*
Altimeter* Global positioning system (GPS)
Pocket radio, battery/solar power*
Cell phone ... or*
Two way radio: CB, GMRS, FRS*
Spare NiCad batteries*
Solar battery charger
Tools and Repair Kits*
Leatherman.Gerber tool*
Sven saw*
Hatchet/Boys axe w/sheath*
8 inch mill file*
Spare parts: pack, stove, lantern*
Tent/ Pack patch kit: ripstop tape*
Copper wire, spool
Personal Items*
Camera, lenses, flash and film*
Swiss Pocket knife*
Sharpening stones and oil*
Extra house and car keys*
Copy of important papers such as titles etc.*
Change for pay phones*
Sun & prescription glasses*
Pencil and note pad*
Fishing Equipment*
Pack rod case*
Pack rod, spin -fly combination*
Ultra lite spinning reel*
Ultra lite fly reel*
15 lb test Spiderwire monofilament*
7DTF fly line*
Fly line leaders, various lb test*
Tackle boxes, small double sided (2)*
Hooks, size 8, 10, 12*
Fly assortment*
Sinkers, split shot*
Small plugs, poppers, bugs*
Fanny Pack.
Pack and Pack Frame*
Clevis pins*
Stuff bags*
Compression straps*
Plastic garbage bags*
Twist ties / plastic zip ties
Clothing Maintenance and Repair*
Sewing Kit*
Spare shoelaces*
Biodegradable detergent*
Small scrub brush*
Clothes pins
Homeland Security*
Duct tape*
Air mask*
Heavyweight plastic garbage bags or plastic sheeting
Children's emotional well-being during an emergency may depend on being able to keep busy with games. Here are some ideas from a post at's website Store these items in water proof containers. A plastic bucket is ideal for this. Make it accessible to your emergency kits.
Suggested Items:
01. Scriptures02. Books & Magazines03. Paper, Coloring Books, and Activity Books04. Felt Tip Markers, Colored Pencils, Scissors05. Games06. Small toys07. Any Hard Candy08. Children's Vitamins, Pain-Reliever, Cold Remedies, Band Aids, and First-Aid Cream09. Creative Game List10. String11. Clothespins12. Feather13. Straws14. Wooden Blocks15. Marbles16. Metal Washers
CREATIVE GAME LISTThis is a list of games that children can play out of everyday items.
Clothespins -01. Drop in a bottle02. Pitch at a target03. Clothesline relay
Wooden Blocks -01. Print letters on cubes. Roll cubes to spell words. First one to complete 10 words wins.
Marbles -01. Roll them at a target02. Toss them in a box03. Old Fashioned Marble Game
Metal Washers -01. Toss them into numbered cups.
Paper Cups -01. Tossing Games02. Blowing Relay03. Telephone
Paper Plates -01. Toss through a wire coat hanger
Straws -01. Marble Blow Relay02. Bean Relay
Spoons - 01. Carry Ball02. Flip Beans at target03. Carry Cotton Balls
Feathers -01. Feather Volleyball: blow feather over string or net02. Toss them at a target03. Blow them over the line relay
More notes on 72 hour kits
1. Store water. Many times after a disaster the safety of the water supply is in doubt. Having water on hand can be critically important.
2. Don't forget food in the freezer. Because the electricity was out and freezers defrosted, many families had more food (for the short term) than they could use. Neighbors got together to barbecue steaks that thawed. Many teenagers said they never ate better than during the disaster.
3. Store batteries for flashlights and radios. It seemed like everyone in the country knew more about what was happening with the disasters than the people involved in them did. A television or radio that ran on batteries was often the only source of news. Flashlights allowed those who had them to read or play games after the sun went down.
4. Have a family plan in case of emergency. Discuss where to meet and what to do in case you are not at home when disaster strikes.
5. Photos and journals can't be replaced. Make sure they are in a place where they can be grabbed quickly. Even better, make duplicate prints of your favorite family photos and send them to relatives out of state.
6. Additional supplies. Other items good to have in an emergency could include regularly required medicine (such as insulin); a change of clothes (work clothes would be best); a camp stove and fuel; first aid kit; games; bedding or a sleeping bag.
7. Cash and gas may come in handy. With power out, banks were closed, automatic tellers didn't work, and service stations could not pump fuel. Usually it only takes a couple of days for generators to be brought in to get these services functioning again, but in the meantime, those with money and gasoline have purchasing power and mobility. (Janet Thomas, "In Case of Disaster," New Era, Oct. 1990, 24)
Don't forget to include:
- home owner's insurance policy numbers and contact information- passports- certified copies of birth certificates- social security numbers- health insurance policy numbers and contact information- life insurance policy numbers and contact information- living will- credit cards AND traveler's checks/cash. (Yes, credit cards -- remember during the gas riots caused by Hurricane Katrina and Rita that many gas stations stopped taking cash for security reasons. Traveler's checks work like cash and can be replaced if lost or stolen.)
This list is taken from