Friday, April 17, 2015

An LDS 72-Hour Emergency Bag Strategy

When I put 72-hour emergency bags together for my daughter and me, I came across Rachel Woods’ list. I found it to be succinct and logical. I have copied it for you below along with the original link (above).


72 Hour Emergency Kit
By Rachel Woods, About LDS Guide

·      Update your kit every six months (put a note in your calendar/planner) to make sure that: all food, water, and medication are fresh (not expired), clothing fits, personal documents and credit cards are up to date, and batteries are charged.
·      Small toys/games are important too as they will provide some comfort and entertainment during a stressful time.
·      Older children can be responsible for their own pack of items/clothes too.
·      You can include any other items you feel are necessary for your family's survival.
·      Some items and/or flavors might leak, melt, “flavor” other items, or break open.
·      Dividing groups of items into individual Ziploc bags might help prevent this.

Food and Water
·      (3 day supply of food & water per person
·      when no refrigeration/cooking is available)
·      Protein/Granola Bars
·      Trail Mix/Dried Fruit
·      Crackers/Cereals (for munching)
·      Canned Tuna, Beans, Meat, Vienna
·      Sausages, etc (“pop-top” cans might leak/
·      explode & Jerky can “flavor” other items)
·      Canned Juice
·      Candy/Gum (Jolly ranchers can melt &
·      mint gum might “flavor” other items)
·      Water (1 Gallon/4 Liters per person)

Bedding and Clothing
·      Change of Clothing (short and long
·      sleeve shirts, pants, socks, jackets, etc.)
·      Undergarments
·      Rain Coat /Poncho
·      Blankets and Emergency Heat Blankets
·      Cloth Sheet
·      Plastic Sheet

Fuel & Light
·      Battery Lighting (Flashlights, Lamps)
·      Extra Batteries
·      Flares
·      Candles
·      Lighter
·      Water-Proof Matches
·      Miscellaneous
·      Bag or Bags to put 72 hour kit items in
·      (such as duffel bags or hiking back packs,
·      which work great)
·      Infant Needs (if applicable)

·      Can Opener
·      Dishes/Utensils
·      Shovel
·      Radio (with batteries!)
·      Pen and Paper
·      Axe
·      Pocket Knife
·      Rope
·      Duct Tape


Once I had assembled the bags, I have had my eyes out for good additions. I have added life straws, glow sticks from Dollar Tree, ShamWows, and a scattering of other “oh that would be great” additions.

As a result, my 72-hour bag has bug out elements to it.

What would you add to the list? Click on comments and leave your ideas. I’m most interested.

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