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Suggestions for a 72 hour kit
2/11/2003 | Important vanity

Posted on 02/11/2003 8:58:10 AM PST by Utah Girl

Since the alert level is now high, and there have been many articles and TV blurps about preparedness, I thought I would post suggestions for a 72 hour kit. I keep mine in my front hall closet of my home.

A lot of the stuff was lying around the house, I didn't buy hardly anything new. I did buy a solar, battery operated radio from Radio Shack for ten dollars. Here is the total list in one spot. I probably spent under 25 dollars for my kit, but I am single without children. The most money was buying the stuff for the first aid kit. One extra thing I threw in the first aid kit is four sanitray napkins. They work really well for compressing against a bleeding wound that needs to be staunched. I also store my sleeping bag and blanket right next to the 72 hour kit. I still use the sleeping bag when I go camping, so I didn't buy another one.

This 72 hour kit should meet the needs of your family. Use ready to eat foods your family will eat and hobbies and entertainment your family likes to do. Include individual medication as required by your family members. Whatever container is used should be portable. I use two duffel bags.


You should have:

  • Immediately available
    • Battery powered radio
    • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • Emergency Needs
    • Instruction Manuals on Emergency Preparedness
    • Water storage
    • Sleeping bags and blankets
  • Sanitation Kit
    • Plastic bucket with tight fitted lid
    • Plastic bags and ties
    • toilet paper
    • disinfectant
    • improvised toilet seat (for bucket)
    • feminine hygiene needs
    • paper towels
    • soap
    • paper cups
    • paper plates
    • plastic utensils
    • can opener
    • utility knife

  • Stress Factors
    • Children - coloring book, crayons
    • Adults - books, needle work
  • In the Car
    • Standard First Aid Kit
    • Blanket
    • Flashlight and batteries
    • Reflectors and flares
  • Individual Medical Needs
  • Suggested Additions

    • Family Photographs
    • Medical Information Sheet
    • Insurance Information
    • Identification for each Family Member
    • Will or Trust Information (copies of each)
  • Food - Ready-to-eat

    • Meats: canned
    • Fruit Cocktail
    • Peanut Butter
    • Powdered Milk
    • Infant Care: Canned milk and bottles
    • Dried Fruit: (caution - drink plenty of water.)
    • Raisins, prunes, fruit leather
    • Crackers
  • Stress Foods
    • Sugar Cookies
    • Sweetened Cereals
    • Hard Candy

  • Standard First Aid Kit
    • First Aid manual
    • Spirits of ammonia
    • Scissors
    • Table salt
    • Baking soda
    • Eye drops
    • Safety pins
    • Matches
    • Adhesive or paper tape
    • Bandages
      • Telfa pads (4"x4")
      • Triangle Bandage (37"x37"x37")
      • Roll of Gauze
      • Elastic Bandage

    • Splints
      • Popsicle sticks
      • shingles or thin board
      • 40 page newspaper or magazines
    • Heavy String
  • At least one change of clothing for everyone
    • including shoes


I've also thrown in a sweatshirt with a hood, an inflatable pillow, my scriptures (Bible, Book of Mormon)


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To: Utah Girl
My best friend's husband was in the Army. They hauled their food storage to Germany with them.

Better safe than sorry, but Germany has plenty of good food!

I was stationed in Bulgaria for two years with my family a while back and I was warned to ship at least 2,000 pounds of "consummables". We did, and I didn't need any of it. All we had to do was adapt. Bulgarians at that time were much leaner than Americans, but still strong and healthy. We became frequent visitors to the local farmers market.

101 posted on 02/11/2003 9:46:24 AM PST by arm958
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To: Utah Girl
Another stupid question: once we seal off our house, how do we get air into it? (I feel like I should know the answer to this one.)
102 posted on 02/11/2003 9:46:38 AM PST by Xenalyte
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To: El Sordo
Good idea. I usually go through my kit during October's General conference, once a year. Since I live alone, I figure that I should be OK doing that. I used to go through twice a year, but now just once...
103 posted on 02/11/2003 9:47:58 AM PST by Utah Girl
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To: Xenalyte
Another stupid question: once we seal off our house, how do we get air into it?

You're thinking beyond your paygrade. That is prohibited, so stop it.

104 posted on 02/11/2003 9:48:17 AM PST by arm958
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To: Xenalyte
Uh, I don't know... From what I have read, you would seal off one room, ideally in the center of the house, without windows. Never thought about the air issue.
105 posted on 02/11/2003 9:49:45 AM PST by Utah Girl
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To: Utah Girl
i have enough stuff in my house to send each freeper some needlework to do in case of an attack, bet you do too!
106 posted on 02/11/2003 9:50:41 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: DAnconia55
right on! Guinness rules
107 posted on 02/11/2003 9:52:59 AM PST by ezoeni
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To: Utah Girl
bump to read later........
108 posted on 02/11/2003 9:53:06 AM PST by Faith65
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To: RobFromGa; Utah Girl
need to add laptop with Internet connection to that 72 hour kit. Otherwise how will we stay informed?

In all seriousness, a small shortwave radio and solar panel and/or large battery is a good thing to have. The FEMA lists include a battery-operated AM/FM radio, but I think that having a SW radio which can pick up broadcasts from the BBC, Deutsche Welle, or even Radio Canada International, would be a stress-reliever.

Places like Amateur Electronic Supply and Universal Radio are good sources of both radio equipment and books regarding communications issues. (Amateur radio licensing, shortwave antennas, etc.)

109 posted on 02/11/2003 9:53:30 AM PST by Chemist_Geek ("Drill, R&D, and conserve" should be our watchwords! Energy independence for America!)
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To: xsmommy; Utah Girl
Count me in on that - I've been stockpiling cross-stitch and needlepoint kits for YEARS! (Not to mention charts, patterns, every DMC color ever, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera . . .)
110 posted on 02/11/2003 9:54:16 AM PST by Xenalyte
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To: neutrino
lockpicks...

Too subtle....

I have one of these in my truck kit.

111 posted on 02/11/2003 9:55:14 AM PST by El Sordo
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To: ezoeni
Guinness rules

It's not the same Guiness Stout that it used to be before Guiness was bought out by a MNC, but it's still quite good. Formerly, you had to quit after one or two, now you can drink it all night.

112 posted on 02/11/2003 9:55:29 AM PST by arm958
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To: Xenalyte; Utah Girl
how many tens of thousands of freepers are there? i think we got them covered....i poked around in my 'stitch room' this past weekend. it is positively shameless what i have in there.
113 posted on 02/11/2003 9:56:19 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: El Sordo
I just used one of those to rip out an old floor and it was very effective. It would make a heck of a close-quarters combat weapon.
114 posted on 02/11/2003 9:57:02 AM PST by arm958
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To: ez
Could be, but the Rockies might serve as a buffer to some extent....
115 posted on 02/11/2003 9:57:28 AM PST by tracer (/b>)
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To: arm958
I just used one of those to rip out an old floor and it was very effective. It would make a heck of a close-quarters combat weapon.

I like the way you think!
116 posted on 02/11/2003 9:58:03 AM PST by Xenalyte
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To: geege

117 posted on 02/11/2003 9:59:10 AM PST by semaj
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To: Utah Girl
Thank you very much!
118 posted on 02/11/2003 9:59:12 AM PST by Under the Radar
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To: tracer

119 posted on 02/11/2003 9:59:21 AM PST by Area51
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To: drjimmy
I can go 200+ miles on a full tank of gas, there are a dozen different cities, a chunk of another state, and even part of another country in that radius. I don't think they're taking out the electricity for that far.

One must also remember that I live someplace that has no natural disasters. Tucson doesn't have earthquakes, run-away fires, snow, or volcanoes. In the 25+ years I've lived here we've had 2 tornadoes with a combined time on the ground of about 90 seconds, the worst flood we ever had shut down some parts of the city or a whopping 4 or 5 hours. One really nasty storm took out electricity on the extreme north-west side of town for almost 2 days, but the rest of the city was basically unaffected (my neighborhood had no power for a couple of hours). We're a very spread out city (modern Tucson was actually multiple cities in the 1800's that eventually grew together and incorporated as mostly 1 city) was actually and most of the vital parts of city life are highly decentralized because of it, and there are a lot of roads out of town so the only way to cut us off is via military occupation by a rather large force. This gives me the freedom to be rather snooty about emergency supplies.
120 posted on 02/11/2003 9:59:28 AM PST by discostu (This tag intentionally left blank)
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To: RightWhale
Hams might be the only communication.

When we quit hearing dah-di-dah-dit dah-dah-di-dah, and instead hear, di-di-dit dah-dah-dah di-di-dit on 20 meters, then we know we're in real trouble. ;-)

dah-dah-di-di-dit di-di-dit-dah-dah dah-di-dit dit dah-di-dah dah-di-dah-dit dah-dah-dah-di-dit dah-di-dit dah-dah-di-dah di-di-di-dit

121 posted on 02/11/2003 10:00:08 AM PST by Chemist_Geek ("Drill, R&D, and conserve" should be our watchwords! Energy independence for America!)
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To: RightWhale
If we're reduced to Morse Code, the pic heavy threads are going to take forever to load....
122 posted on 02/11/2003 10:00:19 AM PST by El Sordo
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To: thesharkboy
I thought the purpose of sanitary napkins was to ABSORB blood, not stop it.
123 posted on 02/11/2003 10:01:41 AM PST by AppyPappy (Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris.)
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To: Area51

124 posted on 02/11/2003 10:02:44 AM PST by Area51
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To: arm958
My brother told me that gunniess is quite different over in Ireland as opposed to what we drink over here as well. Good stuff regardless. Only from the tap for me. Dont care much for the bottled or canned stuff.
125 posted on 02/11/2003 10:03:03 AM PST by ezoeni
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To: Utah Girl
Thanks, UG! Another example of FR looking out for one another!
126 posted on 02/11/2003 10:03:59 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Area51
classic!
127 posted on 02/11/2003 10:04:07 AM PST by ezoeni
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To: Utah Girl

128 posted on 02/11/2003 10:05:02 AM PST by Cagey (Hysteria Rules!)
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To: El Sordo
If we're reduced to Morse Code, the pic heavy threads are going to take forever to load....

ROFL! 300 baud HF digital...

129 posted on 02/11/2003 10:07:12 AM PST by Chemist_Geek ("Drill, R&D, and conserve" should be our watchwords! Energy independence for America!)
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To: DAnconia55
Right on the money. We keep a minimum of two cases of Guiness (the 'draught' cans) in our main storage. For light urban rioting, I recommend an amusing chardonnay with acceents of toast and butter and a lingering finish with traces of oak. Roving bands of looters will go down under fire accompanied by a robust cabernet whose strong hints of mocha and rasberries and sharp tannin accents will stand up well to the aroma of expended ammo and lubricating oils rising from your hot barrels. Treasonous politicians will be 'well hung' when the festivities are complemented by a well-aged smoky single malt such as Laphroaig's unique product.
130 posted on 02/11/2003 10:07:44 AM PST by Noumenon
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To: Utah Girl
" boiling for sanitation purposes."

Oboy, a 'camping thread! Here are a few suggestions from 'the old pro' . . .

- Chlorox for sterilizing water. Add a couple drops per quart, shake and it's ready in about ten minutes. I'll keep a couple small containers - well marked - on hand.

- Various sizes/thicknesses of sanitary napkins for wound dressing. They are individually wrapped, sterile, and can be cut to size.

- Duct tape to adhere the dressing to the skin. Sticks as long as you need it to, and forms a waterproof, dirtproof bandage/splint. (Use petroleum jelly or neosporin around the wound to help with removal.)

Other inexpensive, general-purpose, first-aid goodies are peroxide, rubbing alchohol, and dishwashing liquid.Get a quart of each for under $5.

All anyone needs in the way of a firearm is an inexpensive .22 rifle -- $10 or so will buy a brick of ammo (500 rounds), and it will work to bag rabbits, or keep a mob at bay . . .

Don't forget to put away a Coleman lantern, maybe a stove, and a couple gallons of fuel -- indispensible if the power goes out.

131 posted on 02/11/2003 10:09:14 AM PST by Crowcreek
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To: Utah Girl
I was thinking about lamenating photos of family members-
in case you need to find someone and things in the US are really bad.......
132 posted on 02/11/2003 10:09:42 AM PST by Faith65
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To: El Sordo
Yep. That, and a good reliable chainsaw.
133 posted on 02/11/2003 10:13:25 AM PST by Noumenon
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To: Crowcreek
Don't forget a map showing your Mormon neighbors so you can steal their food (stolen from an old Y2K thread).
134 posted on 02/11/2003 10:13:34 AM PST by AppyPappy (Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris.)
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To: xsmommy
Oh yeah, I have plenty of needlework and other handwork in my house to share with all. Let's just say, I have more than enough projects for my year's supply. :)
135 posted on 02/11/2003 10:14:10 AM PST by Utah Girl
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To: Cagey
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136 posted on 02/11/2003 10:14:52 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: Xenalyte
I went through my stash of needlework right after Christmas. I'm away on an assignment, but when I get home in June, I plan on selling a lot of the kits on E-Bay. My sister says I could get rich...
137 posted on 02/11/2003 10:15:33 AM PST by Utah Girl
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To: Utah Girl; Xenalyte
Info on creating a sealed room:

http://www.idf.il/english/organization/homefront/homefront2.stm

Towards the bottom they talk about air supply.

Quality HEPA filters in the room can help. This doesn't do anything for the CO2, though...
138 posted on 02/11/2003 10:16:05 AM PST by El Sordo
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To: Utah Girl
Water purification tablets, 5 gallon jugs with potable water. (refillable) Nothing bigger unless you're a strong single woman. If you have the space, something to heat food and /or water in.

Bring a sturdy, multi-purpose knife. The right knife can make many other tools.

139 posted on 02/11/2003 10:17:52 AM PST by Blueflag
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To: AppyPappy
Sanitary napkins can be used as compresses, just press one against a wound firmly, or tape it in place against the wound. They are absorbent, that is true, but using pressure will also help staunch a wound.
140 posted on 02/11/2003 10:18:07 AM PST by Utah Girl
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To: Howlin
You're welcome! Thanks for the pings also, I've bookmarked the various posts, I'm going to print them out, and review them to see where my preparations are lacking.
141 posted on 02/11/2003 10:18:59 AM PST by Utah Girl
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To: Utah Girl; Xenalyte
Gosh, I love the Internet...

http://www.platinumdefense.com/porvinnbcsaf.html
http://www.jrhenterprises.com/safecell.html
http://www.filtrator.se/produkter.html
http://www.mdh-defence.co.uk/mdh/filters.html
http://www.huntermfgco.com/homedef/protectivesysadvanced.htm
142 posted on 02/11/2003 10:19:52 AM PST by El Sordo
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To: El Sordo
Thanks, dude!
143 posted on 02/11/2003 10:20:09 AM PST by Xenalyte
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To: Area51
The barrel is too short for much accuracy at 50 yards.
144 posted on 02/11/2003 10:20:15 AM PST by Prof Engineer (Space Geek)
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To: AppyPappy
Of course that goes without saying! Unfortunately, I'm flush with lime Jell-o and would rather use that map to procure(/kidnap) a good camp cook ! ;^/
145 posted on 02/11/2003 10:20:39 AM PST by Crowcreek
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To: arm958
Oh yeah!

I have it under the seat of my truck. Just in case I ever need to "have it handy"...
146 posted on 02/11/2003 10:21:34 AM PST by El Sordo
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To: Crowcreek
Great ideas. I have a camping book in my food supply, there is some great information on building fires, first aid, recipes, digging trenches for sanitation purposes, etc. Duct tape is invaluable. I always take it camping with me, a 1001 uses for it...
147 posted on 02/11/2003 10:21:40 AM PST by Utah Girl
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To: AppyPappy
You're incorrigble. :) Come to my house in an emergency, I'll share with you. Or my mom's house, I think she has enough food storage to feed the whole neighborhood.
148 posted on 02/11/2003 10:22:55 AM PST by Utah Girl
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To: Xenalyte
Most of the poisons are suspended airborne particles or droplets. For the true gaseous agents, it's about keeping down the ppm. With the film and tape, you want to stop drafts and noticeable air intrusion. O2 is a small enough molecule that it can get through/around most anything you can seal a home or shelter with. Just don't burn a fire or exercise heavily.

Oh, and have a plan for human waste disposal.

149 posted on 02/11/2003 10:24:00 AM PST by Blueflag
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To: Xenalyte
but is there a place to get gas masks for pets?

Make Plans Now to Protect Animals in Emergencies (from our friends at PETA)

150 posted on 02/11/2003 10:24:13 AM PST by Cagey
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