72-hour Kits

             Disasters happen anytime and anywhere.  When a disaster strikes, you may have only minutes to respond.  Following a disaster, help may not arrive for several days depending on the extent of the damage.

            By preparing for a disaster before it strikes, you and your family can be ready for an emergency evacuation or for home confinement without assistance.

            One way to prepare is by assembling a Disaster Supplies Kit, also called an Emergency Kit or a 72-hour Kit.

            A Disaster Supplies Kit contains emergency food, water, and supplies for three days.  It should be in a portable container, such as a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase, and stored in a convenient place indoors.  High outdoor heat can spoil food and medications.

            Store three days worth of non-perishable food.  Choose foods that require no refrigeration, cooking, or extra water.  Suggestions are:  peanut butter, crackers, ready-to-eat canned food, granola bars, dried fruit, trail mix, and jerky.

            Store water in clear hard plastic containers.  Store at least one gallon per person per day or three gallons.

            Include a first aid kit, flashlight and batteries, a battery operated radio, cash, a rain poncho, an emergency thermal blanket, personal hygiene items, paper and pencil, a change of clothes, and stress relievers such as games or coloring books.  Donít forget to prepare for special health needs and babies.

            It is also wise to keep copies of important documents in a waterproof portable container.  Take items such as:  wills, insurance policies, deeds, passports, social security cards, immunization records, bank account information, a household inventory, and birth certificates.