Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What if you lost electricity, water, ability to get to the grocery store, etc? Are you prepared? Do you have a 72 hour kit for each member of your household?

What would you do if there was an outage of electricity, shortage of water, inability to get food from the store, shortage on gas, or other emergency?  You ask "what would cause these issues" and I reply with a list...
Solar Flare
Geomagnetic Storm
Volcanic Eruption
Asteroid Impact
Going through the tail of Comet Elenin

In any case, what have you prepared for?  We have discussed water storage in past posts.  Here is what you should be doing for every member of your household in the case of possible evacuation...

Here is another checklist for your 72hour kits...

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Working moms are always short on time. Our lists make things a little easier -- just print and you're good to go! According to the Red Cross, the best way to make sure your family and home are safe is to be prepared before an emergency occurs.
Here is a synopsis of what they recommend you have on hand for a three-day emergency situation -- one where you are stranded in your own home with no transportation or utilities. For a more detailed list of what to keep in your kit, or for more information on how to store your kit or what else you can do to be prepared, go to the Red Cross's "Prepare at Home" page; also, be sure to read up on what people who have actually lived through disaster situations (like Hurricane Katrina) do to stay prepared, and take a moment to check out the suggestions at
Food and Water:
  1. One gallon of water per person
  2. Water purification tablets or plain bleach
  3. Protein bars
  4. Canned meats and fish
  5. Dried fruit
  6. Nuts
  7. Instant Soup packets or boullion cubes
  8. Dry cereal
  9. Crackers
  10. Peanut butter
  11. Canned juice or juice boxes
  12. Baby formula
  13. Bottles and sippy cups
  14. Non-electric can opener
  15. Non-electric bottle opener (for puncturing juice cans)
Bedding and Clothing:
  1. Complete change of seasonally appropriate clothing, including socks, sturdy shoes or work boots, and underwear for each person
  2. Thermal underwear
  3. Sunglasses
  4. Prescription glasses
  5. Waterproof poncho
  6. Waterproof tablecloth (to use as tarp or floor covering)
  7. Light blanket
  8. Sleeping bag or heavy blanket
  9. Inflatable pillow
  10. Towels
  11. Work gloves
Sanitation and Medication
  1. First Aid Kit with gauze, bandages, tweezers, medical tape, and alcohol pads
  2. Anti-bacterial ointment
  3. Saline solution (for washing dust out of eyes)
  4. Toilet Paper
  5. Baby wipes
  6. Diapers
  7. Hand Sanitizer
  8. Dish Soap
  9. Prescription medication (and copies of prescriptions)
  10. Over-the-counter medications
  11. Anti-diarrheal pills
  12. Antacid tablets
  13. Sanitary pads (good for covering wounds as well)
  14. Activated charcoal
  1. Flashlights
  2. Extra batteries
  3. Dehydrated Food
  4. Glow sticks
  5. Long-burning candles
  6. Waterproof matches
  7. Hand/body warmers or "heat patches"
  8. Sterno (fuel for camp stove)
  9. Camp stove
  10. Metal cooking pot
  11. Mess kit (reusable dishes, cups, utensils)
  12. Hand crank radio
  13. Pens
  14. Pencils
  15. Paper
  16. Pocket knife or "Leatherman" multipurpose tool
  17. Pliers
  18. Small fire extinguisher
  19. Rope (50 feet long)
  20. Plastic garbage bags
  21. Duct tape
  22. Aluminum foil
  23. Zip-top storage bags
  24. Compass
  25. Whistle
  26. Deck of cards, small games, books
Documentation and money (place in waterproof container)
  1. Cash
  2. Emergency credit card
  3. Emergency debit card
  4. Local map (to find shelters)
  5. General road map (for possible evacuation)
  6. Copy of Emergency Evacuation plan
  7. Immunication records
  8. Medical and Dental records
  9. Major financial records (deeds, titles)
  10. Notarized copies of birth certificate
  11. Notarized copy of marriage certificate
  12. Photocopy of passport
  13. List of important phone numbers and emergency contacts, both in and out of state
  14. Copy of bank and mortgage account numbers and contact info
  15. Copy of insurance policies (homeowners, auto, life, health) and contact info
  16. Copy of investment account numbers and contact info
  17. Copy of serial numbers for needed medical devices and manufacturer's contact info

Here is another example of a 72 hour kit...

How to Build a 72-hour Kit

Who knew that a garbage can could hold things you might actually want?

Taking a few moments to fill up a clean garbage can with emergency supplies could save the lives of you and your loved ones.

Download this Basic Emergency Checklist [from]

[This requires a PDF reader. Download one from Adobe]

You can also buy a kit from the Red Cross.

Here is another example of a 72 hour kit.

72 Hour Emergency Kit Checklist
Every family should have an emergency kit prepared in case of natural disaster.  Emergency kits should be practical and be able to accommodate all family members for a minimum of 72 hrs.
Items to include in your emergency kit should include basic items such as food and water, bedding and clothing, fuel and light, equipment, personal supplies and medication, and personal documents and money.    Here is a complete list of items for each category.
Food and Water
Bedding and Clothing
Fuel and Light
  • Basic Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush, feminine products)
  • Hand Sanitizer/Antibacterial Soap
  • Shot Records
  • Analgesics (Tylenol)
  • Prescription Medication (minimum 3 day supply/14 day recommended)
Personal Documents and Money
  • Legal Document (home and vehicle titles, marriage and birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cash (small bills and coins)
  • Credit Cards
  • Pre-Paid Phone Cards
  • Other Documents (as deemed necessary)
Emergency kits should be kept in waterproof containers, backpacks, bags, etc. and should be easy to carry.  The items should be checked every six months and rotated as necessary.  If you have pets and/or small children then make sure to include additional items such as pet food, diapers, formula, etc. are included in your kit as well

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