72 Hour Preparation

ThunderheadLast week we had a severe summer storm. Heavy, torrential rains, high winds and even tornadoes touched down around our home near Washington DC. The aftermath has been severe for some as well. Homes were lost, large trees killed people and blocked roadways, electricity has been cut off to some for days. Now nearly everything is back to a level of normalcy, but the storms continue.

The thought has occurred to me – could we live without outside support for even a couple of days? What is the possible result if we can but our neighbors cannot get the food, the shelter or transportation to survive in the event of a larger more widespread disaster. This would have the strong potential to cause chaos at the societal level.

It seems that by taking simple steps we can at least provide for our life sustaining necessities and encourage others to do the same. 72hours.org a website that gives guidance for surviving by yourself for 72 hours include the following necessities:

Basic Emergency Kit
Disaster Kit –
Go Bag

Water – one gallon per person per day

Food – ready to eat or requiring minimal water

Manual can opener and other cooking supplies

Plates, utensils and other feeding supplies

First Aid kit & instructions

Heavy work gloves

Unscented liquid household bleach and an eyedropper for water purification

Personal hygiene items including toilet paper, feminine supplies, hand sanitizer and soap

Plastic sheeting, duct tape and utility knife for covering broken windows

Blanket or sleeping bag

Large heavy duty plastic bags and a plastic bucket for waste and sanitation

Any special-needs items for children, seniors or people with disabilities. Don’t forget water and supplies for your pets.



Radio – battery operated



Dust mask

Pocket knife

Emergency cash in small denominations and quarters for phone calls

Sturdy shoes, a change of clothes, and a warm hat

Permanent marker, paper and tape

List of emergency point-of -contact phone numbers

List of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food

Copy of health insurance and identification cards

Extra prescription eye glasses, hearing aid or other vital personal items

Prescription medications and first aid supplies

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Extra keys to your house and vehicle


Source: 72hours.org


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