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72 hour Kit

This kit should be put together in a practical manner so that you can carry it with you if you ever need to evacuate your home. It is also important to prepare one for each member of your family who is able to carry one.

I just used old school backpacks that no one wanted anymore. Some had broken zippers, but we packed what we could in them. I also tell people to go to Wal-mart to the travel section and little by little, buy toilet paper, wipes, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. in the travel sizes. Or if you travel a lot, just save some of the items and put those in.

I use heavy duty extra nice zipper freezer bags to put everything in. In the past we have had the problem of something leaking and getting over everything in the backpack. Likewise, mints or gum can leave everything smelling minty. So keep everything separate and in its own freezer bag.

Here is a video and then a list of items to store in a 72 hour kit so a family can be prepared in case of an emergency.

72 hour Kit - Emergency Preparedness How To

Council member and CERT Member Joey Herald reviews how he and his family prepares in the event of a disaster.

Directions: Print this list and check off each item that has been put into your 72 hour kit.


Food and Water

(A three day supply of food and water, per person, when no refrigeration or cooking is available)

  • Protein/Granola Bars

  • Trail Mix/Dried Fruit

  • Crackers/Cereals (for munching)

  • Canned Tuna, Beans, Turkey, Beef, Vienna Sausages, etc ("pop-top" cans that open without a can-opener might not be a good idea, as they can leak.

  • Canned Juice or foil pouch juices are lighter to carry.

  • Beef Jerkey

  • Candy/Gum (warning: some candies can melt and using mint gum might make everything taste like mint.

  • Water (1 Gallon/4 Liters Per Person) You can now buy water in foil pouches which is lighter.

Bedding and Clothing

  • Change of Clothing (short and long sleeved shirts, pants, jackets, socks ,sturdy shoes etc.)

  • Undergarments (Just a note: We had not updated our packs for some time so when we moved the last time, I took them all into the living room and we set out to see what needed to be done. First of all, some of the cereal had holes in it...from moths?

The older boys had ninja turtle underwear-wow-I guess it was time to update them. Some of the candy had melted and some of the soap containers had leaked.

Check your packs once a year. If your children are will need to change the clothing, diapers, etc. every year.)

  • Rain Coat/Poncho

  • Blankets and Emergency Heat Blanks (that keep in warmth)

  • Cloth Sheet

  • Plastic Sheet

Fuel and Light

  • Battery Lighting (Flashlights, Lamps, etc.) Don't forget batteries!

  • Extra Batteries

  • Flares

  • Candles

  • Lighter

  • Water-Proof Matches


  • Can Opener

  • Dishes/Utensils

  • Shovel

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries.

  • Pen and Paper

  • Axe

  • Pocket Knife

  • Rope

  • Duct Tape

Personal Supplies and Medication

  • First aid kit and supplies

  • Toiletries (roll of toilet paper- remove the center tube to easily flatten into a zip-lock bag, feminine hygiene, folding brush, etc.)

  • Cleaning Supplies (mini hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, dish soap, etc. Warning: Scented soap might "flavor" food items.)

  • Immunizations Up-to Date (have copy of these and medical records)

  • Medication (Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, children's medication etc.)

  • Prescription Medication (for 3 days) Also glasses.

Personal Documents and Money

(Place these items in a water-proof container!)

  • Scriptures

  • Genealogy Records

  • Legal Documents (Birth/Marriage Certificates, Wills, Passports, Contracts, Bank account info, etc)

  • Vaccination Papers

  • Insurance Policies

  • Cash (all in ones or fives as store may not be able to make change)

  • Credit Card

  • Pre-Paid Phone Cards


  • Bag(s) to put 72 Hour Kit items in (such as duffel bags or back packs, which work great) Make sure you can lift/carry it!

  • Infant Needs: Infant formula and diapers (if applicable)


Update your 72 Hour Kit every six months (put a note in your calendar/planner) to make sure that: all food, water, and medication is fresh and has not expired; clothing fits; personal documents and credit cards are up to date; and batteries are charged.

1. Small toys/games are important too as they will provide some comfort and entertainment during a stressful time.

2. Older children can be responsible for their own pack of items/clothes too.

3. You can include any other items in your 72 Hour Kit that you feel are necessary for your family's survival.

4. Some items and/or flavors might leak, melt, "flavor" other items, or break open. Dividing groups of items into individual freezer Ziploc bags might help prevent this.

We also have found some great survival kits and items at the Army surplus. They are usually cheaper than some of the specialty web sites. Garage sales and thrift stores, too, are good places to get camping equipment and survival items.

Additional Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Whistle to signal for help. (This is good to always a purse, a backback, etc.)

  • 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.

  • Local maps.

  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger.

  • Pet food and extra water for your pet.

  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.

  • Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.

  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.

  • Fire Extinguisher.

  • Matches in a waterproof container.

  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels.

  • Paper and pencil.

You can access emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from

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