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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: El Sordo
Wow, thanks for the links, and the information on sealing off a room. I'm going to print all this stuff out and review it, then put it in a binder in a handy place.
151 posted on 02/11/2003 10:25:27 AM PST by Utah Girl
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To: Faith65
Good idea on laminating the photos. I keep copies of important papers in my 72 hour kit, in waterproof plastic bags.
152 posted on 02/11/2003 10:26:16 AM PST by Utah Girl
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To: CARDINALRULES
Ping

;-`)

153 posted on 02/11/2003 10:29:47 AM PST by always paddle your own canoe (Love many, trust few)
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To: Lance Romance
Eat the pets. Saves on food.

We have a 4 ft Iquana and I have always maintained we could eat him in an emergency. Except on the show "Cooks Tour" on the food network the chef whose eaten about every horrible thing imaginable said that the Iquana was the worse.

154 posted on 02/11/2003 10:30:14 AM PST by Vicki (Truth and Reality)
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To: Crowcreek
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.

A 0.1% solution of sodium hypochlorite (bleach) will go a long way towards decontaminating most chemical warfare agents. In an emergency, after cutting clothing away, rinse and blot the patient's skin with the hypochlorite solution.

155 posted on 02/11/2003 10:32:00 AM PST by Chemist_Geek ("Drill, R&D, and conserve" should be our watchwords! Energy independence for America!)
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To: Utah Girl
Make one cut in those large rubber bands (gumbans here in Pittsburgh) that they wrap around broccoli and save them for a tourniquet to stop profuse bleeding.
156 posted on 02/11/2003 10:32:58 AM PST by MikeUmovi
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
I got 2 gallons of bottled water left over from Y2K in the fridge.

The two cats got plenty of ScienceDiet. Gas tank is always filled on the Z28... topo maps in the door pocket.

FEDS and cops don't have the manpower to road-block every junction. (wink!)

157 posted on 02/11/2003 10:37:21 AM PST by johnny7 (STAY IN YOUR HOMES! PUT ALL YOUR WEAPONS ON THE DOORSTEP!)
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To: Utah Girl
Particle masks are great for volcanic ash & airborn dust, but an ordinary cannister-type paint respirator is better, lasts longer, and would be fairly effective against airborn NBC agents and smoke, with the proper cannister filters.

I had a room sized electrostatic air cleaner when Mt. St. Helens blew up, and it was a lifesaver. An evaporative cooler is a great air-scrubber also, but like the electronic, worthless in a power failure . . .

BTW -- All my suggestions have been personally tested on yours truly -- except the kidnapping, of course.

158 posted on 02/11/2003 10:39:05 AM PST by Crowcreek
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To: Utah Girl
bump for a later read...
159 posted on 02/11/2003 10:39:38 AM PST by technochick99 (Self defense is a basic human right. http://www.2ASisters.org)
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To: Chemist_Geek
I have both the Baygen Freeplay raido and flashlight ... wind-up, no batteries needed...


160 posted on 02/11/2003 10:44:57 AM PST by Alice in Wonderland
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To: discostu; johnny7
"only jarred sauerkraut in my house now." Thanks for the tip on acidic food..

Johnny 7, you did that too eh? I felt that if i wasn't prepared, my kids could have suffered..so just in case I did buy extra supplies and water. What if something did happen..I might not have been able to take care of the kiddos. WHile it was pathetic that the rumors caused some people to spend way too much money..I'm glad it made me aware of "being prepared" for emergencies. Of course our big ice storm confirmed that notion.

161 posted on 02/11/2003 10:45:07 AM PST by Freedom2specul8
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To: Utah Girl
I'll share with you

That takes all the fun out of it.

162 posted on 02/11/2003 10:48:49 AM PST by AppyPappy (Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris.)
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To: arm958
Xenalyte said: Many on here will consider this a stupid question, but is there a place to get gas masks for pets? We have three cats and a short-muzzled Boston terrier, and they are indeed our babies.

arm958 responded: It's not a stupid question. After all, you can't eat them if they've been contaminated.

LOL........I think it deserves a laugh anyway. Thanks for the good chuckle. ;)

163 posted on 02/11/2003 10:50:57 AM PST by FourtySeven
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To: Area51
Sweet, very sweet....
164 posted on 02/11/2003 10:51:26 AM PST by tracer (/b>)
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To: AppyPappy
Or I can give you a list of my neighbors who have guns and who will die protecting their food storage. :)
165 posted on 02/11/2003 10:51:26 AM PST by Utah Girl
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To: Blueflag
Thanks for the suggestions. I'm in trouble if I have to start carrying more than five gallons of water.
166 posted on 02/11/2003 10:52:11 AM PST by Utah Girl
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To: Utah Girl
Thanks for all the good information. When I heard John Ashcroft say he kept three days of supplies in the event of an emergency I knew it was not a bad idea for all of us.

The list contains things we should have at the ready anyway. We all are too complacent about things happening and take so much in our lives for granted.

I live a short distance from where most of the space shuttle came down and until that happened we had never thought about the danger of pieces of metal the size of a car coming from the sky. Certainly a miracle that no one on the ground was hurt when you consider the number of pieces.

167 posted on 02/11/2003 10:53:46 AM PST by TXLady
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To: Alice in Wonderland

168 posted on 02/11/2003 10:54:20 AM PST by Alice in Wonderland
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To: Alice in Wonderland
I have a windup radio that also uses batteries, but I think I will get the Baygen flashlight too. Great idea.
169 posted on 02/11/2003 10:54:28 AM PST by Utah Girl
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To: TXLady
Yes, I thought it just a good suggestion to be prepared. Many people don't realize just how close to the edge they live, and in case of emergencies, stores won't always be there, fully stocked.
170 posted on 02/11/2003 10:55:52 AM PST by Utah Girl
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To: Utah Girl
Your most glaring omission is some means of defending yourself.
"As for myself, I prefer the gun."
171 posted on 02/11/2003 10:59:03 AM PST by Redbob
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To: geege
I love my cats.....why would I want to eat them???????

Just add MSG and they taste just like chinese food.

172 posted on 02/11/2003 11:01:11 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: Utah Girl
I was talking with my father this morning and he said that the type of plasic sheeting you buy makes a huge difference. He's been in the flexible film industry for 30 years and he said that some of the material that has been recommended won't do anything to protect or seal a room from chemicals. It depends if the sheeting has a barrier or not. If there is no barrier in the film, then the chemicals will pass right through. Be careful what you choose.

I'm going to talk to him later today to see if he can make any suggestions.
173 posted on 02/11/2003 11:02:00 AM PST by Aggie Mama
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To: Aggie Mama
Thanks for the information. I've got two of those plastic sheetings that that painters use to protect furniture, please post the info if you get it.
174 posted on 02/11/2003 11:06:13 AM PST by Utah Girl
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To: Redbob
Many other people has made that suggestion also. The list is flexible, I support the 2nd amendment, but don't want guns in my house. Just my own personal choice.
175 posted on 02/11/2003 11:07:32 AM PST by Utah Girl
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To: 1Old Pro
LOLOLOLOL.....I was waiting for that:0)
176 posted on 02/11/2003 11:08:03 AM PST by geege
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To: Utah Girl
Wait. You mean if I break in to steal food, I have to leave my gun outside?
177 posted on 02/11/2003 11:11:17 AM PST by AppyPappy (Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris.)
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To: Utah Girl
You forgot weapons, guns, knives, etc. Unfortunately, I wouldn't be surprised to see attempted looting.
178 posted on 02/11/2003 11:16:38 AM PST by uncbuck (Sen Lawyers, Guns and Money.)
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To: Alice in Wonderland
The Baygen power supplies are great. Electricity has got to come from somewhere, after all...
179 posted on 02/11/2003 11:22:22 AM PST by Chemist_Geek ("Drill, R&D, and conserve" should be our watchwords! Energy independence for America!)
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To: from occupied ga
Serious question: Where can someone acquire an M-16 or AK-47 and are they significantly cheaper than rifles available at, say, Bass Pro Shop?

Is it the ammo that's the deal clincher? Is it more readily available? What? Semi-auto? Large capacity mags? Can you still get those?

Wouldn't someone interested only in keeping what's theirs in an ugly post-attack environment be better off with a standard pump action Mossberg shotgun?

I mean every one of those questions sincerly and without any sarcasm or malice.
180 posted on 02/11/2003 11:55:00 AM PST by borkrules
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To: borkrules
Where can someone acquire an M-16 or AK-47 Serious answer. Most gun shops carry the currently available semi-auto versions (which should be perfectly OK) You will NOT be able to legally by them in communist sh!tholes like NJ and CA at all, but most other states allow them. I personally prefer the AK because I consider them to be the most reliable rifles in the world. I've never had one misfire, and I have had M-16's misfire, but this is another discussion altogether. The only drawback to the AK comes at full auto - it climbs to the sky and the M-16 tends to stay on target, but you are unlikely to want to buy full auto once you see the price, plus a whole lot of states ban full auto.

and are they significantly cheaper than rifles available at, say, Bass Pro Shop

I can't answer the question about the BassPro because they carry a wide range of stuff some cheaper and some not. My guess is that an AR-15 variation will be fairly expensive and an AK variant considerably less so.

AK ammo used to be the cheapest center fire ammo you could get. Don't know these days. Last I looked, large capacity mags were available for both though at a considerable premium over what they were a few years ago (Thank you Sara Brady may you rot in hell forever).

About the shot gun most assuredly not for a LOT of reasons. IF you are in the soup, you want a firearm that was designed for combat. M-16/AR15 and AK47/AKM both fit the bill. Range, weight of ammo (combat load), reliability, recoil, firepower, cost of ammo, just to name a few.

181 posted on 02/11/2003 12:38:51 PM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your enemy, and Bush is no conservative)
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To: Citizen Tom Paine
Here's mine:


182 posted on 02/11/2003 12:40:28 PM PST by P8riot
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To: borkrules
kAcknor Sez:

Jumping in...   It's nice to have the AK/SKS/AR-15 or what ever bolt action Main Battle Rifle around if the entire world goes to h*ll in a handbasket. Nobody will think twice about seeing anyone so armed in such an environment. But what if it only goes halfway to h*ll?

In a situation that is most likely to occur someone with an AK on his back will draw cops like flies. One should also consider a lower level of need for firearms and take a look at these:

Springfield M6

Or

Henry Survival or AR-7

 

Of the two, I like the M6 best. No jamming a single shot, and the added benefit of a shotgun/22 combo is nice. The Henry is VERY light, but needs a good break in period to stop the occasional jam.  Both can be carried in a pack broken down and nobody has to know you have them.

There is also the of saw about the best way to survive a fight is to not get into one.  I think many of us feel "braver" when we have the firepower, and these aren't that good for self defence. I have a decent 6" revolver & holster for that.

"bImejDI' reH betleHlIj yItlhap" (Never leave home without your bat'telh.)

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183 posted on 02/11/2003 12:50:04 PM PST by kAcknor
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To: discostu
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.
I didn't say anything about the power being out. If the computer that runs the gas pump don't accept your piece of plastic or even your cash, the gas pump don't turn on. There was a small taste of what could happen just a couple of weeks ago.
184 posted on 02/11/2003 12:55:48 PM PST by drjimmy
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To: drjimmy
If the pump doesn't take my plastic I go somewhere else. Got 200 miles to work with. Oh yeah the mighty internet worm. I'm glad you broguth that up because it's a shining example of how overly paranoid people are. I was on-line most of that day didn't even suspect anything bad was happening, if it wasn't for the newstories the whole next week I'd have never found out about the thing. Much ado about nothing. I'm sure a few people were inconvenienced, but life goes on. So far nobody's thrown up any example that would have any more affect on me than some parade I didn't know was scheduled to go right by my house, wait a couple of hours or find an alternate route, no big deal.
185 posted on 02/11/2003 1:01:03 PM PST by discostu (This tag intentionally left blank)
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To: All; Utah Girl
Thanks for the info UtahGirl, I'm going to the grocery store in an hour.

This may seem to be a stupid question but I am looking to purchase a gun and was wondering if anyone knew what the age limit was in Illinois. I'm assuming it is either 18 or 21, I'm 20 so I'm right in between.

186 posted on 02/11/2003 1:05:30 PM PST by Dengar01
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To: RightWhale
The idea behind a 72 hour kit is that it takes about 72 hours after a disaster for all relief agencies to get things running smoothly. The kit then covers you for that period of time.

Not very many people can have everything ready to deal with a long-term crisis, but most everyone can get a 72 hour pack together easily enough.
187 posted on 02/11/2003 1:19:21 PM PST by Grig
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To: Chemist_Geek
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188 posted on 02/11/2003 1:21:50 PM PST by Denver Ditdat
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To: MrB
LOL...re: what the guns are for....my husband and his boss started speculating about what the first thing they would do at work if something happened....my husband said "I'd steal your water."
189 posted on 02/11/2003 1:25:00 PM PST by goodnesswins (Thank the Military for your freedom and security....and thank a Rich person for jobs.)
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To: kstewskis
Now, the question is, do I go with the semi auto, or can I keep my .38 revolver?

Is it a .38, or a .357? What's the model? What's the frame made of? What's the barrel length?

One of the best self protection loads is the "FBI load," which I believe is a +P 125gr HP.

Mark

190 posted on 02/11/2003 1:31:00 PM PST by MarkL
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To: Utah Girl
The list is good, but if the scat hits the fan, along with all the other items mentioned, you should get a bottle of Betadene disinfectant to add to your first aid bag...
191 posted on 02/11/2003 1:37:27 PM PST by JDoutrider
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To: RightWhale
Actually both booze and tobacco have medical uses.

Tobacco can be placed in serious wounds ---chemicals in the tobacco will help clot the blood.

Booze of course has many uses --pain killer and steralizing, among other things.

192 posted on 02/11/2003 1:45:17 PM PST by CARDINALRULES (if anything is misspelled --too damn bad --in a hurry ;-`)
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To: Aggie Mama
Yes, I have questions about the sheeting, also...what "mil?" Clear or black? I live between Seattle and Tacoma, right over a major PORT. I'm taking all this seriously.
193 posted on 02/11/2003 1:47:04 PM PST by goodnesswins (Thank the Military for your freedom and security....and thank a Rich person for jobs.)
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To: goodnesswins
Clear or black?

Black would be advantageous. You could see if any anthrax spores had collected on the surface.

194 posted on 02/11/2003 2:02:10 PM PST by RightWhale
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To: Utah Girl
Will we need a CCW in condition RED?

(i won't)
195 posted on 02/11/2003 2:04:19 PM PST by G Larry ($10K gifts to John Thune before he announces!)
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To: Xenalyte
Don't bother w Gas Masks even for the people.
You'll never have one that meets the threat, and if you did you wouldn't be near it when you needed it.
196 posted on 02/11/2003 2:07:57 PM PST by G Larry ($10K gifts to John Thune before he announces!)
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To: Utah Girl
I've added a .45 and a few hundred rounds of ammo. Still need to stock up on some more items, though.
197 posted on 02/11/2003 2:09:29 PM PST by GOP_Raider (OAKLAND RAIDERS AFC CHAMPIONS!!!!)
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To: CARDINALRULES
Thanks for your info about tobacco.. I knew what alcohol would do but didn't have a clue about the clotting properties of tobacco.

Very good to know.
198 posted on 02/11/2003 2:19:31 PM PST by Mears
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To: RightWhale
SA
199 posted on 02/11/2003 2:20:44 PM PST by goodnesswins (Thank the Military for your freedom and security....and thank a Rich person for jobs.)
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To: All
I have a question...serious.

We are told to get a certain kind of plastic and duct tape for sealing in a "safe room"....here is the question or fact.

Isn't this true ? Duct taping windows and doors with plastic ..no matter what kind of plastic..will do NO GOOD....you need AIR to breathe...if you tape everything up tight...you won't last..you need air to breathe

. Sealing yourself up..is like getting the best garbage bag....put that over your head and tie it tight around your neck...how long are you going to last ?

200 posted on 02/11/2003 2:23:13 PM PST by Neenah
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