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.)
· Rain Coat /Poncho
· Blankets and Emergency Heat Blankets
· Cloth Sheet
· Plastic Sheet
Fuel & Light
· Battery Lighting (Flashlights, Lamps)
· Extra Batteries
· Water-Proof Matches
· 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
· Radio (with batteries!)
· Pen and Paper
· Pocket Knife
· 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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