72 Hour Emergency to go Kit

With Hurricane Season in full Bloom. I was going to post something about Kits for Emergency. I happened to find a fantastic article by Freebies2Deas.com. I am not going to ruin the incredible informative article that was done.

72 Hour Checklist

It is finally finished!  The list for what you will need for your 72 Hour Emergency Go Bags/Tornado Bags/ or Emergency Kits is below.

The whole idea behind this is to have a backpack for each person in your family. Store a Go Bag under each person’s bed, or hang them in the garage.  If you have a fire, earthquake, tornado, flood or other natural disaster, you can grab the bag and go!  You won’t be running around like a crazy person trying to grab what you can in only a matter of minutes.  It’s SO important to be prepared!! And by using the great deals we get all of the time to create our bags, you will be prepared for just about anything!  In my area alone, we have had a huge fire and 3 earthquakes.  If that isn’t a sign that I need to be prepared, I’m not sure what is. :)

  • Backpack
  • Clothing
      • Long Sleeve Shirt
      • Sweat Pants/Pants
      • Warm Hat
      • Underwear & Socks
    • Water-1 Gallon per person or 4 Liters (rotate every 1-2 years)
    • Food-what you would typically eat (rotate every six months)
      • Protein-Granola Bars, Peanut Butter To-go
      • Trail Mix/Dried Fruit
      • Gum
      • Crackers/Cereal
      • Canned Foods (don’t use the “pop-top lids” they can leak. Also, we don’t really suggest jerky, as it can “flavor” other things)
      • Infant Formula if needed
    • Emergency Supplies
      • Small First Aid Kit
      • Emergency Blanket
      • 6 Hand warmers
      • Whistle/Compass
      • Pocket knife
      • Face Mask
      • Battery Operated Radio
      • Mess kit/Spork
      • Shovel
      • Rope
      • Duct Tape
      • Poncho
      • Can Opener
      • Blanket
      • Axe
      • Sheet (cloth/plastic)
      • Batteries
    • Hygiene
      • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
      • Chapstick
      • Soap
      • Washcloth
      • Antibacterial gel/wipes
      • Tissues (take the cardboard roll out of the TP and you can stick it in a ziplock easier)
      • Sunscreen
      • Shampoo
      • Deodorant
      • Brush
      • Floss
      • Towel
      • Feminine Products
      • Shampoo
    • Light
      • Flashlight/Batteries
      • Matches
      • Candle
      • Glow Sticks
      • Lighter
      • Flares
    • Money
      • Small bills
      • Coins (quarters)
      • Pre-paid phone card
      • Credit Card
    • Fun
      • Post-it notes
      • Notepad
      • Crayons
      • Pen/Pencils
      • Bean Bag
      • Dice
      • Card Games
      • Sharpies
      • Markers
    • Personal Information
      • Copy of records
      • Current Family Picture
      • Social Security Number
      • Addresses & Phone Numbers
    • Emergency Contacts
    • Emergency Plan
    • Medicine
      • Tylenol/Excedrin
      • Ibuprofen
      • Children’s medicine
      • Any Prescriptions you would need
    • Immunization Records

Helpful Hints:

  • This is just a sample of a 72 hour kit. It’s a start. The idea is a little overwhelming in the beginning but if you can get one started and add to it here and there, then it won’t seem like such a hard task. You can add or take out what best fits you and your family’s needs. Remember that these bags may need to be carried, so keep that in mind when you are buying and packing things up.
  • Unfortunately, the battery operated radio is a little on the expensive side, but making sure it’s a good one is better than paying less for one and having it not work. It’s up to you.
  • The thing that makes me the craziest, is rotating…one more thing to remember to do. If you attach a spreadsheet on when it needs to be rotated and when it was last rotated, it will help you keep track. Or pick two important dates during the year and associate them with your 72 Hour Kits- maybe your Birthday and your Anniversary that are about 6 months apart.
  • If you have multiple children, try getting clothing that can be worn by both girls and boys, then you can just rotate the older children’s clothing out and put it in the next child’s pack. Here in Utah, we have four seasons, even if it is summer and you have sweat pants and long sleeves in your 72 hour kit, you can always cut the sleeves off your shirts as well as cut your pants into shorts.
  • If you separate items and put them in gallon sized ziploc bags, it will help you prevent “flavoring” other items, as well as keeping it dry.
  • Remember to buy Snacks that you typically would eat on a regular basis. If there is a disaster, your kids will already be in a traumatic state and having to eat weird or unfamiliar food might make matters worse.
**not all items are shown**

**Items are linked to FREEBIES2DEALS.com and where the sale price was located.

**Most of these prices are taken from the Riverton, UT Walmart, unless otherwise stated. YMMV

Keep in mind that some of these sales have passed and are no longer available. This is just to give you an idea of how you can get the items cheaper and where I found them on sale over the past year or so. Remember too, that store prices my vary. Sales typically come around every 3-4 months, so if you are in need of something that is unavailable, maybe wait it out and see if it goes on sale again. Samples on the other hand, may be a one time offer.

The total cost of this EXAMPLE 72 Hour Kit will vary by family.  With all of the free things we have gotten on the list lately, it really helps the total cost.  But remember, you don’t have to put everything that I did in your bag.  You can take out or add things that will work for your own family.  This list is just meant to help you get started and get 72 Hour Emergency Go Bags for your whole family!

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