72 HOUR EMERGENCY KITS Written by: WILLIAM D. PERKINS, BOARD OF DIRECTORS TACDA

A FAMILY 72 HOUR KIT WILL SERVE YOU WELL IN ALMOST ANY TYPE OF DISASTER. THERE ARE MANY PLACES YOU CAN FIND A LIST OF WHAT YOU NEED TO BUILD YOUR OWN 72 HOUR KIT. YOU MAY ALSO PURCHASE A KIT FROM A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT VENDORS.

THE RED CROSS AND THE HOMELAND SECURITY WEB SITES HAVE SUGGESTIONS FOR WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR KIT. I USED THESE AS WELL AS A NUMBER OF OTHER SOURCES TO BUILD MY KIT. REMEMBER, EVERY FAMILY WILL HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS.

I RECOMMEND A SMALL KIT FOR EACH CAR, AND A LARGER HOME KIT. THE HOME KIT SHOULD BE IN A DUFFEL BAG OR BACK PAK. IF EVACUATION IS NECESSARY YOU CAN TOSS IT IN YOUR CAR AND EVACUATE QUICKLY. ( in some cases minutes can make the difference)


AUTOMOBILE KIT: 3 DAY FOOD BARS(type that are coast guard approved)
BOTTLE WATER - FIRST AID KIT – FLASHLIGHT –
EXTRA BATTERIES – MAPS – GLOVES – PONCHO –
SPACE BLANKETS – TOOL KIT – WHISTLE – KNIFE –
DUCT TAPE – FOLDING SHOVEL
Optional items: fire extinguisher – tow rope –


HOME KIT: FOOD: CAMPING FOODS OR MRE'S ( 3 meals per day)

WATER: BOTTLE WATER OR 5 GAL CONTAINERS
( one gallon per person per day)
FIRST AID: ENHANCED FIRST AID KIT (size depends of size
Of the family) include special medications and extra
Eye glasses.
WARMTH: SPACE BLANKET PER PERSON, EXTRA CLOTHS
SOCKS, GLOVES, 18 HOUR HAND WARMERS

SATITATION/HYGIENE: TOOTH BRUSHES, TOOTH PASTE, SOAP,
PLASTIC BAGS, TOILET PAPER,
SMALL BOTTLE OF BLEACH, FEMININE
SUPPLIES, SEVERAL SMALL HAND
TOWELS, PACKAGES OF TOWELETTS.
COMB/BRUSH



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LIGHT: 2 FLASHLIGHTS ONE D CELL AND ONE AA, EXTRA BATTERIES
FOR EACH, MATCHES (in water proof container)

COMMUNICATIONS: AM/FM RADIO, WEATHER RADIO, EXTRA
BATTERIES FOR EACH. PAPER, PENCILS
(optional: cb or ham radios)

TOOL KIT: SMALL/MED/LARGE FLAT AND PHILIPS SCREW DRIVERS,
6" ADJUSTABLE WRENCH, 8" WIRE CUTTERS, 10" CHANNEL
LOCK PLIERS, VISE GRIP PLIERS, CLAW HAMMER, SMALL AX,
50' CORD OR SMALL ROPE, ELECTRICAL AND DUCT TAPE,
HACK SAW BLADES WITH SMALL HANDLE, KNIFE.
MANUAL CAN OPENER

SEWING KIT: SM/MED/LG NEEDLES AND THREAD, SISSORS, THIMBLE
SAFETY PENS

PET SUPPLIES: FOOD, WATER, LEASH,PLASTIC BAGS, VACCINATION
RECORDS, MEDICATIONS.


GENERAL: MAP AND COMPASS ( PLAN MORE THAN ONE EVACATION
ROUTE) CASH INCLUDE COINS,(banks will be closed)
LIST OF PHONE NUMBERS AND E-MAIL ADDRESSES,
ID CARDS, INSURANCE CARDS, BOOKS, GAMES FOR
CHILDREN.


THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO AID YOUR FAMILY IN SURVIVING
A DISASTER OF ANY KIND ARE : HAVE THE BASIC SUPPLIES YOU NEED
AND HAVE A PLAN.

WHAT YOU DO IN THE FIRST FEW HOURS BEFORE A DISASTER (if you
Have warning) AND THE FIRST HOURS AFTER ONE CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN SURVIVING.

SOMEONE ONCE SAID, "WHEN THE TIME OF NEED ARRIVES, THE TIME FOR PREPARATION HAS PASSED.”

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