Monday, May 16, 2011

72 hour kits



With all the things that are happing in the world today its a good idea to have a 72 hour kit. You can't plan for everything and this is just a kit to help you get through the first two day. My church has really push this and it had helped many people. 
While living in Maryland two years ago, I was at work when there was a tornado warring. My husband who was at home could feel the whole house shaking. As fast as he could he got us a 72 hour kit together and he did a great job for getting it done in less then five minutes. After that we have always had a kit together just in case. 
But with having Aiden now we had to rethink some things. You know needing diapers and cloths for him and food. But here is what a 72 hours kit should have give or take a few things. 

Food and Water:
  • Granola Bars
  • canned tuna, beans, Vienna sausages and thing you can eat with out having to heat up. (try to get the ones with the "pop-top" so you don't need a can opener)
  • Caned Juice
  • water (4 liters per person)
If you are able to stay in your house and the water is okay you might want to look into getting a WaterBOB.

Bedding and Clothing:
  • Change of clothing
  • Rain coat/Pancho
  • Blankets
Fuel and light:
  • Flashlight 
  • Extra batteries
  • Flares
  • Candles
  • Lighters
Personal Supplies and Medication:
  • First aid kit
  • Toiletries (in a zip lock bag so they don't get wet.)
  • Cleaning supplies (hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo etc)
  • Medication (Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Children's medications etc)

Equipment:
  • Radio
  • Pen and paper
  • Pocket knife
  • Rope
  • Duct Tape

This is just some of the things you need, come back tomorrow and read more about what you might need that you (I) did not think about.

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