72-Hour Kits

By Mindy Longhurst

When emergency events occur like the recent flooding in Ellicott, Maryland, it can force people out of their homes. A 72-hour kit has tools and food/water enough for the first 72-hour period after a disaster has occurred. A 72-hour kit can save your life. You should have at least the following in a 72-hour kit:

  • Water- about one gallon of water a day per person
  • Food- have at least three days’ worth of food per person
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Duct tape
  • Medication                                                                                    asphalt-box-color-208459
  • Financial reserve- extra cash
  • Ways to communicate with family
  • Important documents
  • Clothing
  • Bedding
  • Writing tools and paper
  • Local maps
  • Extra contacts or glasses
  • Whistle
  • First aid kit
  • Shoes
  • Medical masks- in case the air is polluted
  • Trash bags
  • Toiletry items
  • Matches
  • Battery powered or hand crank radio

For more information, please visit https://www.lds.org/topics/emergency-preparedness?lang=eng#media and http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/survival-kit-supplies

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