In light of the earthquake that hit Northern Nevada today, I’ve decided to post today on the recommendations that FEMA has for a 72-hour kit.
As with all things preparedness, if you can’t get all of items in your 72-hour kit, gather what you can in your basic 72-hour kit. And then continue adding to it. Soon, you’ll have all gathered in so that, no matter what happens, you family can be safely gathered.
FEMA’s recommendations for a 72-Hour Kit:
Water, one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both
Flashlight and extra batteries
First Aid kit
Whistle to signal for help
Dust mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
Moist towelettes for sanitation
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
Unique family needs, such as daily prescription medications, infant formula or diapers, and important family documents
Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or a print out of this information
Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
Cash or traveler’s checks, change
Matches in a waterproof container
Personal hygiene items
Household chlorine bleach
I’ve included this list in my permanent Family Home Storage page.
Update: 13 April 2008 – Recommended Items in a 72-hour kit, based on FEMA’s list, updated by Michael