Simplified 72-Hour Kit
(Two Phase Method)
A 72-hour kit can be a personal kit or a family kit depending on your family situation. The following are suggested basic items to be included in a portable container such as a backpack, suitcase, duffle bag or tote:
FOOD: at least 3 days worth of NONPERISHABLE food that needs no cooking or hot water before it can be eaten. This can include:
|canned tuna||dried fruit||MRE's Meal Ready to Eat|
|jerky||fruit leather||high calorie food bars|
|pork and beans||crackers||powdered or boxed milk|
|peanut butter||granola bars||canned or boxed juices|
|canned fruit||trail mix|
If cans do not have a flip top lid remember to include a can opener. Also include appropriate eating utensils.
WATER: at least 1 gallon of water per person per day in PORTABLE containers.
Phase 1 options:
Light flashlights and batteries, light sticks
Warmth blankets, emergency blankets, sleeping bags, hand warmers
Rain protection ponchos or garbage bags cut to fit
First Aid at least a pocket kit
Identification business card, copy of drivers license, copy of passport, etc.
Important papers copies of insurance, will, birth certificates, medical history, utility and financial records, computer backup CD, etc. (See "Important Household Information")
Means to communicate out-of-state contact phone number, pay phone coins, phone card, walkie talkies
Special medications and infant needs
Cash in small denominations and ATM or credit cards
Phase 2 To be added when time, space and finances permit:
|Pocket knife||Plastic sheeting||Insect repellant|
|Whistle||Duct tape||Personal hygiene items|
|Dust masks||Wet wipes||Pocket sewing kit|
|Heavy gloves||Towel||Paper and pencil|
|Rope||Clothes||Stress relievers (games, books, etc.)|
|Radio and batteries||Sunscreen||Trowel and bath tissue|
Additional lists can be found in "Essentials of Home Production and Storage", at www.redcross.org, www.ready.gov and in other printed and online sources.