In light of the recent hurricaine and upcoming winter season for some of us:
72 hour pack
Remember this is not fancy or filling but it will keep someone alive. if
you have no way to heat water- you will have cold things but it will still
provide nourishment. You will need to pack carefully in order to get these
things into the carton then tape them closed securley and then tape it to
the 2 ltr. bottle. Include the following lists with it so you will know when
to have what.
The cracker pks. are like what you get in some resturants (2 per plastic
wrapper). Save the empty soup can for mixing things in. The menu says to eat
the can of soup on day 2 so you might want to keep an extra cup handy but it
won't fit into the carton. I think I will tape a sturdy plastic mug on the
top of the water bottle.
I am putting these in back packs (1 per person) along with other things
I feel are important like warm socks, can opener (in mine only) for the
soup, space blankets, flash lights, etc.
72 HOUR KIT-IN-A-CARTON
2 pkg. chewing gum
2 pkg. hot chocolate mix
1 1/2 cups trail mix
2 sticks beef jerky
2 pkgs. apple cider mix
1 fruit juice box
4 granola bars
14 pieces of hard candy
2 fruit roll ups
3 pkg. soda crackers
1 two liter pop bottle filled with water
1 can hearty soup
Rotate kit every 2 years so food
retains it's nutritional value.
Rotate water every 3 months to keep fresh.
Breakfast: 2 granola bars
1 fruit juice box
1 pkg. soup mix
1 pkg. soda crackers
1 stick beef jerky
1 fruit roll up
4 pieces of hard candy,
3 sticks of gum
1/2 trail mix
1 hot chocolate
1 stick beef jerky
1 apple cider mix
can of soup
1 pkg. crackers
5 pieces of candy
4 sticks of gum
1/2 of trail mix
1 apple cider mix
1 pkg. soup mix
1 pkg. crackers
2 granola bars
1 fruit roll up
1 hot cocoa
4 pieces of candy
3 sticks of gum.
Your Family Disaster Supplies Kit
Disasters happen anytime and anywhere. And when disaster strikes, you may
not have much to respond.
A highway spill of hazardous material could mean instant evacuation.
A winter storm could confine your family at home.
An earthquake, flood, tornado or any other disaster could cut off basic
services - gas, water, electricity and telephones - for days.
After a disaster, local officials and relief workers will be on the scene,
but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or
it may take days. Would your family be prepared to cope with the emergency
until help arrives?
Your family will cope best by preparing for disaster before it strikes. One
way to prepare is by assembling a Disaster Supplies Kit. Once disaster hits,
you won't have time to shop or search for supplies. But if you've gathered
supplies in advance, your family can endure an evacuation or home
To prepare your kit
Review the checklists in this document.
Gather the supplies that are listed. You may need them if your family is
confined at home.
Place the supplies you'd most likely need for an evacuation in an
easy-to-carry container. These supplies are listed with an asterisk (*).
There are six basics you should stock in your home: water, food, first aid
supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies and special
items. Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation
in an easy-to-carry container--suggested items are marked with an
asterisk(*). Possible containers include
a large, covered trash container;
a camping backpack; or a duffle bag.
Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using
containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass
bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of
water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double
that amount. Children, nursing mothers and ill people will need more.
Store one gallon of water per person per day (two quarts for drinking, two
quarts for food preparation/sanitation)*
Keep at least a three-day supply of water for each person in your household.
Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that
require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water. If
you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact
*Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit:
Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water)
Staples--sugar, salt, pepper
High energy foods--peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix
Foods for infants, elderly persons or persons on special diets
Comfort/stress foods--cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops,
instant coffee, tea bags
First Aid Kit
Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car. A first aid
kit* should include:
Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever
Antacid (for stomach upset)
Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control
Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)
Contact your local American Red Cross chapter to obtain a basic first aid
SUGGESTIONS AND REMINDERS
Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep a
smaller version of the Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk of your car.
Keep items in air-tight plastic bags.
Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh.
Rotate your stored food every six months.
Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries,
update clothes, etc.
Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.
Tools and Supplies
Mess kits, or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils*
Emergency preparedness manual*
Battery-operated radio and extra batteries*
Flashlight and extra batteries*
Cash or traveler's checks, change*
Nonelectric can opener, utility knife*
Fire extinguisher: small canister, ABC type
Matches in a waterproof container
Plastic storage containers
Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
Map of the area (for locating shelters)
Toilet paper, towelettes*
Soap, liquid detergent*
Personal hygiene items*
Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
Plastic bucket with tight lid
Household chlorine bleach
Clothing and Bedding
*Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.
Sturdy shoes or work boots*
Hat and gloves
Blankets or sleeping bags*
Remember family members with special needs, such as infants and elderly or
Heart and high blood pressure medication
Contact lenses and supplies
Extra eye glasses
Entertainment--games and books.
Important Family Documents
Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container.
Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
Passports, social security cards, immunization records
Bank account numbers
Credit card account numbers and companies
Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers
Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
CREATE A FAMILY DISASTER PLAN
To get started...
Contact your local emergency management or civil defense office and your
local American Red Cross chapter.
Find out which disasters are most likely to happen in your community.
Ask how you would be warned.
Find out how to prepare for each.
Meet with your family.
Discuss the types of disasters that could occur.
Explain how to prepare and respond.
Discuss what to do if advised to evacuate.
Practice what you have discussed.
Plan how your family will stay in contact if separated by disaster.
Pick two meeting places:
1) a location a safe distance from your home in case of fire.
2) a place outside your neighborhood in case you can't return home.
Choose an out-of-state friend as a "check-in contact" for everyone to call.
Complete these steps.
Post emergency telephone numbers by every phone.
Show responsible family members how and when to shut off water, gas and
electricity at main switches.
Install a smoke detector on each level of your home, especially near
bedrooms; test monthly and change the batteries two times each year.
Contact your local fire department to learn about home fire hazards.
Learn first aid and CPR. Contact your local American Red Cross chapter for
information and training.
Meet with your neighbors.
Plan how the neighborhood could work together after a disaster. Know your
neighbors' skills (medical, technical). Consider how you could help
neighbors who have special needs, such as elderly or disabled persons. Make
plans for child care in case parents can't get home.
Remember to practice and maintain your plan.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Community and Family Preparedness
Program and the American Red Cross Disaster Education Program are nationwide
efforts to help people prepare for disasters of all types. For more
information, please contact your local or State Office of Emergency
Management, and your local American Red Cross chapter. Ask for "Your Family
Disaster Plan" and the "Emergency Preparedness Checklist."
Or write to:
P.O. Box 70274
Washington, D.C. 20024
These wonderful folks put togather the best lists
The Latter Day Saints Church Network Master Emergency PREP Plan
Part 2: one-year preparedness
This is the LDSCN Master PREP Plan. It is designed to provide a
comprehensive list from which individuals may choose items appropriate to
their situations which can be used to stock a one-year/multi-year
emergency preparedness program.
For short-range planning, see Part 1
Water 2x 50-gallon water supply drums, plastic
Water drum distribution hand pump
Pans for boiling water
Iodine water purification tablets
Halazone water purification tablets
Additional water containers in assorted sizes... 2 _ gal, .5-1 liter
Aqua Blox (boxed water like the boxed juice drinks)
Food: Here are a number of thoughts regarding food. Work with your normal
menu. Plan a menu for two weeks; multiply commodity quantities by 52 to
get two-year quantities. Store what you eat so that supplies will be
palatable to you, and eat what you store, to ensure a constant rotation.
Although we will list specific ingredients and hard-storage items, the
best thing to do is to buy double quantities. Each time you go to the
store, buy two of each item... one for storage, and one for use. Do this
regularly to build up a storage supply. Eat the oldest items first, and
date each can or package to ensure freshness. Take advantage of case lot
sales and other sale items where possible.
Whole grains: 300 lbs. per person per year, such as wheat, oats, rolled
oats, corn, cornmeal, popcorn, etc.
Wheat mill, electric: K-Tec Kitchen Mill
Multifunction kitchen support: K-Tec Kitchen Champ
Wheat mill, hand powered
Flour, white enriched, such as available from Price Club in 50 lb. Sacks
Pastas, including spaghetti, macaroni, and shell pasta
Rice, assorted sizes and types
Nonfat dry milk: 75 lbs. per person per year
Canned evaporated milk
Butter flavor granules (not for frying)
Sugar: 60 lbs. per person per year, such as white sugar, brown sugar,
"raw" sugar, powdered sugar
Salt: 5 lbs. per person per year
Fats: 20 lbs. per person per year, such as butter, margarine, etc.
Beans and Nuts
Beans: 60 lbs. per person per year, such as navy, pinto kidney and black
beans, split peas and lentils
Soybeans, including TVP
Nuts, such as almonds, cashews, peanuts, walnuts, pecans, brazil nuts and
Other Food Items
Juices: 25 lbs. per person per year, such as orange, grape, apple,
cranberry, grapefruit, etc.
Canned meats: 20 lbs. per person per year, such as tuna, chicken, ham,
Canned fruits and vegetables: 365 lbs. per person per year, such as
peaches, pears, cherries, etc.
Soups, all kinds
Chow mein noodles
Pie Crust mixes
Whipped topping mixes
Lemon, lime juice
Other Food Items
MRE/EBM meals, at least one month per person (i.e. 3 cases per person)
Sprouting Seeds and equipment, such as alfalfa, beans, peas, lentils,
Pet Foods, as needed
Canning jars, lids, rings
Hand-powered ice-cream maker
heavy-duty can opener
Cooking utensils, fire safe
Paper/plastic plates, cups, utensils
Reusable Ice Packs
Food storage cookbooks
Ziploc Bags, assorted sizes
Paper napkins and paper towels
Hand egg beater
Hand food processor
Breadboard, cutting boards, rolling pin
Several bread loaf pans
Fire-safe pots and pans
Asbestos gloves/hot pads
Long-handled fire utensils
Extra cooking grills
Miscellaneous Non-Food Items
Basic Tools, such as an axe, hatchet, pick and shovel
Comprehensive tool kits: screwdrivers, wire cutters, wrenches, pliers,
Garbage and plastic bags, all sizes
Seed and nut grinder
Mouse and insect traps, fly paper
Batteries, all sizes and types
Fire fighting supplies, such as buckets, sand, hoses, smoke detectors and
Office supplies, including pencils, paper, etc.
Fuses, light bulbs, all sizes
Furnace/air handler filters
Non-electric push-type carpet cleaner
Large metal garbage cans (many uses)
Large plastic garbage cans with wheels (many uses)
garbage bags, various sizes
Hot water bottles, ice bags
Work gloves, several pairs
Camera and film
Battery or non-electric alarm clocks
Rope, all sizes
Plastic bags, plastic sheeting, all sizes
Assorted nails, screws, nuts, bolts
Hand drills, handsaws, etc.
Tapes: Duct, electrical, masking, scotch, etc.
Plumbing repair materials: washers, drain openers, etc.
Caulking gun and caulking tubes
Oil, grease, grease gun
Bicycles for each family member
Clothing and Bedding
Clothing/Bedding: Two years' supply per person. Focus on durable, simple,
comfortable, durable clothing, simple styles and classic colors only,
which will not become outdated. Base decisions on climate, individual
family members' needs, and clothing versatility.
Warm winter coat
Thermal and regular underwear, T-shirts
Sewing kit: including scissors, needles, threads, pins, safety pins,
masking tape, measuring tape, iron
Hat for sun protection
Knit ski cap
Gloves, leather work
Shoes, extra pair
Boots, for rain/snow/cold protection
Several pairs of socks, cotton and wool
Two-Piece rainsuit with hood or hat
Large bath towel
Bath towels, hand towels, dish towels
Quilts (lots of heavy ones)
Several large blankets
Several changes of bedsheets/pillowcases
Cleaning and Sanitation
Portable toilets, large supply of liners and disinfectant
Plastic bags, all sizes
3M scrubbing sponges
Shampoo and Conditioner
Toothpaste and Toothbrushes
Plastic sink/wash basin/hand pump
Spare glasses, sunglasses, contact lenses
Five-gallon solar shower
Full medical kit, pre-assembled
Additional supplies to cover two years for all persons
IR Ear thermometer
Towels, small terrycloth
Q-tip cotton swabs
Chloraseptic anesthetic cough drops
Regular cough drops
Comtrex and other assorted multisymptom tablets
Vicks 44 cough syrup
Alcohol Prep Pads
Betadine Prep Pads
Vaseline skin lotion/Keri lotion
Any prescription medications
Fuel, Heat, Light
Wood, coal, based on available furnaces
2x365 (730) candles of all sizes
Strike anywhere Matches
Oil Lamps, Lamp Oil, spare wicks
Several flashlights, spare bulbs
Batteries of all types and sizes
Charcoal briquettes, lighter fluid
Kerosene Lanterns/Heaters, spare kerosene
Propane lanterns, spare propane
Extra wicks, chimneys and mantles for lamps
Propane Stove/Heaters, spare propane
Small camp stoves/military stoves, assorted types, spare fuel
Home power generator, spare fuel
Cyalume lightsticks, all types
Firestarters, assorted types
100 billion gazillion matches, including wood, waterproofed
Extra light bulbs, all types
Hot water bottles
Plastic sheeting and weather-stripping materials to cover windows, insulate, etc.
Battery operated smoke detectors, both ionization and photoelectric types
Fire escape ladders
Garden hose, left hooked up and ready
Water buckets by fireplaces/heaters
Cash on Hand, hidden in home, small bills
Bank Savings Accounts
Bank Checking Accounts
Garden Seeds: Two to three years' supply on hand
Extra bags of chemical garden fertilizers
Extra bags of lawn fertilizers
Extra lawn sprinklers and hoses
Wheel-type hand fertilizer distributor
Push-type hand mower (for real emergencies only)
Materials to construct a compost pile (lumber and mesh wire)
Wide variety of vegetable/fruit pesticides and application equipment
Stakes and cord/twine
Rototiller and extra fuel
Lawnmower and extra fuel
Water diffuser/distribution system
Extra garden hose
09-08-2004, 11:11 PM
Excellent information Denise! :thumb:
Because we are usually only hit with snow storms. We have been snowed in one time for about 6 days. We got over 40+ inches of snow and the crews just couldn't handle it.
When we remodeled the kitchen several years ago I demanded changing over to a gas stove. Even though it has an electric starter, I can still light it with a match. Which I keep an ample supply on hand of. I also stock up on lots of canned goods and have a good hand can opener. Even if we loose power, we won't starve. Oh and we also keep plenty of water on hand, not only for us but for our cats too. Pretty soon I will be buying an extra bag of food each week for them so I never run out in the winter.
09-08-2004, 11:21 PM
08-28-2007, 12:36 AM
08-28-2007, 11:19 AM
Awesome list Sunshine. thank you.
We have also added 50 lbs. of salt to our storage just in case food has to be salted down in order to save.
02-11-2008, 10:58 PM
Very good information
02-11-2008, 11:35 PM
Thank you for the great ideas. I'm going to print this out to use as a guide for our emergency planning. I do a little stockpiling but have never seen such a comprehensive list. Our biggest worry here is snow storms or possibly the rare tornado during the summer.
We are on a well for water so if the electricity goes out, no water. It also tastes terrible. I buy purified water in town for .20/gal and keep at least 8 gallons stored for the 2 of us.
I would love to have a generator and hope we can purchase one for next winter.
Another idea we had was purchasing a bulk gas tank, most of the farmers out here have them. We thought this might be helpful especially being 15 miles from the nearest gas station.
02-12-2008, 09:33 PM
prairiewife check pawnshops for a generator. You can sometimes find these there,
02-12-2008, 11:14 PM
Good idea. The new ones I've priced start at $400 and go up from there.
02-13-2008, 04:20 PM
yep the prices are way out there. even where we live up in the mountains the pawn shops down in the closest city usually has generators sitting outside.