72 Hour Emergency Kit Checklist
Every family should have an
emergency kit prepared in case of natural disaster. Emergency kits should be practical and be able to accommodate all family members for a minimum of 72 hrs.
Items to include in your
emergency kit should include basic items such as food and water, bedding and clothing, fuel and light, equipment, personal supplies and medication, and personal documents and money.
Here is a complete list of items for each category:
- Food and Water
- Bedding and Clothing
- Fuel and Light
- Personal Supplies and Medication
- First Aid Kit
- Basic Toiletries (wetnaps, toothbrush, feminine products)
- Hand Sanitizer/Antibacterial Soap
- Shot Records
- Analgesics (Tylenol)
- Prescription Medication (minimum 3 day supply/14 day recommended)
- Personal Documents and Money
- Legal Document (home and vehicle titles, marriage and birth certificates, insurance policies)
- Cash (small bills and coins)
- Credit Cards
- Pre-Paid Phone Cards
- Other Documents (as deemed necessary)
Emergency kits should be kept in waterproof containers, backpacks/bags, etc. and should be easy to carry. The items should be checked every six months and rotated as necessary. If you have pets and/or small children then make sure that additional items such as pet food, diapers, formula, etc. are included in your kit as well.