Friday, October 28, 2011

72 Hour Kit

Do you have a 72 hour kit, if not you should have one! A 72 hour kit is one of the most important kits you can have in your home, office truck or RV. Imagine yourself caught at home or at the office with no power, no water. Now what do you do? For most people the first thing is complete and utter panic, sure you can handle it for a few hours but then what, you get pretty hungry and thirsty after that. Depending on the time of the year, you could melt snow to drink.You might have food in the freezer but no way to cook it. What happens if you don't get snow where you live, if you don't have a 72 hour kit your up a pretty good creek without the proverbial paddle.
A 72 hour kit is just that, it is a kit that will sustain you and your family for 72 hours if needed. I will list things that you should have in your kit. Keep in mind that when something is listed, you must consider your family size and adjust it accordingly.

  1. Water 2gal per person (pretty obvious I know)
  2. Food-Things such as prepared soups, pork and beans canned fruit or even MRE's (don't forget a can opener)
  3. First-Aid Kit
  4. Your normal medications (do not put them in the kit, Just keep them in one place that you can get you easily)
  5. Clothing
    1. 2) Shirts, 1) Pair of sweats, 3) Undergarments, 3) Socks, 1) Towel, 1) Washcloth, and  1) Jacket per person
  6. Light-Flash lights, candles or oil lamps (extra batteries, Lighters and oil)
  7. Blankets
  8. Hygiene Products-Toothbrush. feminine hygiene products, combs, brushes, deodorant, bar soap and travel size shampoo. (diapers and wipes if necessary)
  9. Games ( card games work the best, they take up less room)
This is the list that we use at our house, you can add to, or take away from depending on your families needs. Bear in mind, that if you have small children, your kits should be gone through and the clothes rotated out as they may not fit them when you need them.
I would highly suggest that EACH person have their own kit containing their things that can be easily carried. Back packs are great for kids to use. Store each pack under the child's bed or in the bottom of the closet for easy access.
I would welcome any and all comments or suggestions, we can all learn from each other!

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