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72 Hour Emergency Kit for Families

An emergency kit should meet the needs of your family. The minimum is 72 hrs but you may want to prepare for up to a week. Depending on your preferences, you may store your emergency kit wherever you deem appropriate for safe keeping and easy access in case of emergency.

The following items are considered important to meet the needs of individuals/families during an emergency.
Other Emergency Needs: Pen, Paper, Money (small bills/coins), Contacts, Work Gloves, Basic Tools, Copies of important papers (Marriage License, House Mortgage, Wills, etc), Drivers Licenses
  • First Aid Manual - Thermometer Sanitary Napkins (Pressure Dressing)
  • Disposable Diapers Dressing/Splint/Padding - Micropore Adhesive, Paper Tape
  • Matches - Needles - Tweezers - Popsicle Sticks - Heavy String - Syrup of Ipecac
  • Individual Medical Needs - Baking Soda (1/2 tsp. soda + 1 tsp. salt + 1 qt. water)
  • Aspirin or Pain Relievers - Laxatives - Rubbing Alcohol - Diarrhea Medicine
  • Petroleum Jelly - Soap - Salt - Gauze - Band-Aids - Triangular Bandage
  • Elastic Bandage - Cotton Balls - Cotton Swabs - Safety Pins - Scissors
  • Food and Water (Bowls too)
  • Kitty Litter Box (if applicable)
  • Kennel / Cage / Carrier
  • Medications (if applicable)
  • Leash / Collar / Chain
Water Sources and Storage: Sources include rainwater, streams, ponds, lakes, and natural springs. Store water in clean, sanitized plastic containers. To purify the water you may do so by boiling, disinfecting by using 16 drops of bleach per gallon of water and let stand for 30 min., and distillation boil water and collect the vapors in a cup).

Communication: Establish an out-of-state contact and inform friends and family. Take inventory of everything in your home and send the list/photos as well as copies of important papers to your out-of-state contact.

Establish a procedure for your family to stay in contact should you need to leave your home or community. Ensure all family members are aware of your disaster preparedness procedures.

Talk with your neighbors on how to help each other during and after a disaster.

Find out about which disasters are likely to occur in your area and what the notification methods are.