Do You Have A 72 Hour Emergency Kit?

Be prepared with a 72 hour emergency kit before a disaster hits.

Could you survive with the emergency supplies you have on hand?
You should have enough supplies to last everyone in your household, including pets, a minimum of 3 days (72 hours).

On this page we provide a list of the 10 basic contents.

What Is A 72 Hour Emergency Kit?

This type of Survival Kit should contain items you would need to survive for seventy two hours (3 days), in the event you are required to evacuate from an emergency or disaster situation.

The kit needs to be portable. It is also known as a bug-out bag or grab-in-go bag. The focus is on quick, short-term evacuation, rather than long-term survival. This distinguishes the 72 Hour Kit from other types of Survival Kits.

The primary purpose is to allow one to evacuate quickly if a disaster should strike. It is prudent to gather all of the materials and supplies that might be required to do this into a single place, such as a large backpack, large plastic buckets, or other storage containers.

The recommendation that this kit should contain enough supplies for 72 hours is the advice from organizations responsible for disaster relief and management. Officials state it may take them this long to reach people affected by a disaster or to offer emergency help to those in need.

Once again, as we have encouraged on our other pages, it may take longer than 72 hours for help to arrive, therefore it is necessary to be prepared for more days than that if possible.

Purchase and prepare the kits, supplies, food and water needed for you and ALL those you are responsible for. Don't forget your pets when preparing.

10 Basic Contents Of A 72 Hour Emergency Kit:

You can either purchase a 72 hour emergency kit, or put the supplies together yourself, make sure it contains the essential things that you will need to live for 3 days. Design it to fit your needs, but it should include the following as a minimum:

  1. Enough Food and Water to last for 72 Hours. This includes:
    • 1 gallon of Water per person per day, for washing, drinking and cooking.
    • Non-perishable Foods. (MRE'S and Survival Food Pouches work great in a kit).
    • Vitamins and Supplements.
    • Emergency Water Filters and Purification supplies.
  2. Emergency Cooking, Heating, and Lighting supplies:
    • Cooking: Emergency Cook Stove, Utensils, Cups and Dishes.
    • Warmth: Hand Warmers, Emergency Blanket, Sleeping Bag, Tent.
    • Lighting: Battery or Crank Operated Flashlight (LED Flashlights last considerably longer than battery), Glow Sticks.
  3. First Aid Kit and other Special Needs:
    • Personal First Aid Kit, include your reading glasses in the kit.
    • Pet Emergency Kit, special Child and Elderly care needs.
  4. Disaster Plan, Emergency Book, Maps:
    • A Disaster Plan including location of emergency centers, rallying points, possible evacuation routes.
    • Emergency Book explaining what to do in various types of disaster, (read before the actual disaster but keep in kit for reference).
    • Maps, GPS, or travel information in case of evacuation.
  5. Sanitation Supplies:
    • 5 Gallon Bucket, Sanitary bags, Hygiene cleansing wipes, Portable Toilet.
  6. Clothes and Bedding:
    • Sleeping bags, Tent, Extra Clothing for weather conditions.
  7. Medications and Prescriptions:
    • Enough medicine to last an extended evacuation period, for example, if homes were destroyed.
  8. Emergency Weather Radios:
  9. Self Defense:
    • Weapons, Ammunition, Self Defense Tools:

      Read our page about Self Defense Tools and find out why being prepared with these tools, is important for individuals that are concerned with surviving brief encounters of violent activity during a disaster or emergency situation.

  10. Cash-on-hand:
  • Cash (in small denominations) and change, as electronic banking transactions may not be available following an emergency or an evacuation.

Emergency Kit Tips:

  • What makes this a 72-hour emergency kit is the amount and types of food, water and first-aid supplies it contains. If you want to extend the timescale of the kit, add more consumables and other items that can be expected to last a lot longer.
  • In addition to surviving a disaster evacuation, a 72 hour emergency kit can also be utilized when sheltering in place during emergencies such as a pandemic, blackouts, tornadoes, or other severe weather events.
  • This personal survival kit should be kept ready in the event that it is needed. Place it in a safe spot at home or the trunk of your car.
  • For total peace of mind, purchase or prepare a separate 72 hour emergency kit for the home, car, and office. Also consider sending a basic 1-Day Emergency Kit with your children to school.
  • Keep your 72-hour supplies in a backpack, duffel-bag or a large plastic container with a tight lid, plastic buckets work great because they are easily carried by a handle, and they can also serve as a portable toilet.

Beware! Don't Get Cheap Chinese Kits. Make sure you are purchasing QUALITY MADE  emergency kits. Check out Living Rational's  Survival Kit Guide to help you pick the right kit for you and your family.

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