72 Hour Kit Checklist
Being prepared means being equipped with the proper emergency supplies you and your family need to survive the disasters.
Whether it be an earthquake, wildfires, hurricane, tornado, severe thunderstorms or snowstorms, etc., you need to be prepared if you want to survive.
Disaster preparedness starts with assembling or purchasing a basic 72-hour emergency kit. The disaster kit is a collection of emergency supplies that you and your family will need to survive in the event of a disaster or emergency.
Also, after a natural disaster, you may need to survive on your own for several days. In this case, being prepared means having your own food, water, shelter and other emergency supplies to last for at least 72 hours.
To assemble your disaster survival kit, also referred to a Bug Out Bag, store the items in airtight plastic bags and put all your emergency supplies in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins, a backpack or a duffel bag.
The American Red Cross and FEMA suggest your emergency survival kit be stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life.
- Emergency Water Supply – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation.
- Emergency Food Supply – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
- Solar/Battery-powered or hand crank radio with an NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert.
- Water Filtration Straw – Minimum of four (4) or one for each household member.
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries.
- Whistle to signal for help.
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
- Manual can opener for food.
- Local maps.
- Cell phone with chargers, battery backup and solar battery charger.
Once you take a look at the emergency essentials, consider what unique needs you and your household might have, such as supplies for pets or seniors.
For Additional Disaster Supplies
If you are headed to the store or going to shop online download this printable version of FEMA’s recommended emergency preparedness checklist, CLICK HERE => (Download Now) to compare disaster kits online or take it with you when you shop.