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72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Kits and List

Updated on October 15, 2010

72 Hour Emergency Preparedness and the Emergency Kits

 Why a 72 hours emergency kit you ask ?

Emergency Preparedness is the difference between saving your life after an earthquake or hurricane and being prepared for these first 72 hours is the most critical period of time when help is not readily available. This is why we consider the 72 hours emergency kits.

Emergency Preparedness Kits are called such and are not called Emergency Solution Kits for a reason. The fact is that every eventuality can not be forseen and earthquakes and hurricanes are probably the most forseeable natural disasters one could encounter in ones life.

Floods and sea preparedness are an eventuality in their own right and are usually a little more prepared for as they usually have some sort of giveaway that they intend to occur. Earthquakes and hurricanes however are a little more sneaky and the best moethod to counter the ill effects that most folk suffer is by emergency effectiveness and preparedness. In other words when it happens, you know how to be effective and how to be prepared.


72 hour kits LDS
72 hour kits LDS

Emergency 72 Hour Kits

72 Hours is the usual response time for emergency and medical repsonse teams such as FEMA to arrive on scene and have had adequate time to assess a situation, diagnose the best action to be taken and then implement the solution.

What we need to bear in mind is that any emergency and medical repsonse team will need to travel form their home based position to  wherever the disaster area is and then be able to provide the necessary support needed.

Although there is a plan in place for most disaster management occurences, they will not be able to reach everyone immediately and thus a 72 emergency kit lds and emergency preparedness is a wise decision to take.

SO what does one choose to place in their emergency 72 hour kits and is there a list to use ?

72 Hours emergency kits can be broken up into a few categories. The first category on the list is food and the second category on the list is medical. Your list may add specific additional items depending on the space avaiable. You 72 hours emergency kit list may include clothing, bedding and essential tools and items needed for a few days away from creature comforts.

The first step in creating your 72 hours emergency kit list is to decide on the capacity for your backpack and the number of backpacks you will create for the number of people in your family. It is wiser to prepare a 72 hour kit for each person than to distribute each category into a different backpack as you may lose one kit in the disaster period or in your travels.

This carrying weight will determine the amount of items you can fit into your 72 hour kit.

Here are a few backpack types you can obtain through on online store.

Continue down for the 72 Hours kit to put in your backpack kits.


Framed backpacks are handy when you need a strong bar or support for a broken leg

These are some of the food items that some people recommended for a 72 hours kit

The Most Important Items for your 72 Hours Kits

Food and Water

Each person should have 4 litres of bottled water as the bottles will make good cups or plastic covers for a multitude of uses apart form the thirst factor. Dehydration is a major cause of medical problems in the first 72 hours.

Food items should be vacuum packed for freshness and preferably the type the just need added water and the heat of a fireplace. Tinned foods are optional and thought must be kept of the added weight of luxury tinned products. Be aware to pack a tin opener if needed. Peel back tins do not always remain ideal for 72 hours kits and it is advised to use normal tins.

Vacuum packed foods usually include breakfasts, protein bars and protein shakes as well as nuts and dried fruits wish seal in freshness when vacuum sealed. Try and cater for the likes of each family member in their own kits and allow for 2 snacks and a main meal per day.

Clothing and Bedding

Most sleeping bags are essential and satisfactory for a few days away from creature comforts and pack relatively easily onto the top of a backpack. Another reason why the backpack framed version is better. A sleeping bag can also be hung by a piece of string to sway from the frame of the backpack.

Clothing essentials would always include two pairs of dry socks for each day in order to rotate and dry as needed near a fireplace. Underwear is essential as well as a longjohn for added warmth at night. Gloves are optional as well as any change in clothing. A suitable all weather jacket and denims will be multi purpose and functional for most situations. A pair of hiking boots are best tied to the backpack frame by the shoe laces so that they can be aeasily reached when emergency rushing ensures you move fast without having to search for shoes.

 Essential Equipment and First Aid Supplies

Safety matches are preferred to that of butane lighters due to storage in your home.

A decent stainless steel knife and a sharperning stone.

A flashlight and batteries. A windup flashlight is recommended due to it not needing batteries and the shelf life it affords outdoors.

A compass.

An emergency blanket. The silver type used by rescue teams for hyperthermia.

A pair of scissors and needle and thread for deep cuts.

Plasters and bandages. There are many types available from your nearest drug store.

Spare shoelaces don't take much space and may come in handy.

Electrical insulation or Duct tape for on the move repairs.

A fire starter set.

Antiseptic liquid and creme as a dissinfectant for first aid.

A folding axe and shovel combination.

Tent is optional.

A 29 Megahertz radio with spare batteries is the best method of contact with emergency personnel.


The 72 Hours Emergency Kit in conclusion

 The basic fundamentals of the eemrgency 72 hours kits are to sustain your life until help arrives after and earthquake or hurricane or any natural disaster that may behold. The kits are not supposed to be for creature comfort and should always be taken seriously.

The above items are those recommended to be carried in a 72 hour kit and as you may be in a different terrain or situation, your best guess is as good as those arround you. Chat to your family and friends at your next barbecue and ask what they think are essentail items.

Either way, having emergency preparedness and a 72 hour kit is half the battle won. Remeber to inform the whole family where they are kept and place a small tag on the should strap so you know if any items in your 72 hour kits have expiry dates and need replacing every few months.

Here are some survival videos you may wish to watch.

Please fill in the comments section below and if you have time to rate this article so that more folk will get to read it.

Remember.Stay sharp and be alert.

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    • Dale Nelson profile image

      Dale Nelson 7 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks Army Infantry Mom.

      Someone told me yesterday that they even keep copies of their important documents in theri 72 hour kit in case of a fire in their home.

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      Army Infantry Mom 7 years ago

      Things and injuries happen when you least expect it thats for sure,.. I like this hub !!!!