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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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1 posted on 02/11/2003 8:58:10 AM PST by Utah Girl
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To: Utah Girl
Let's not forget our pets.......I know I'll have lots of food and water for them also:*)
2 posted on 02/11/2003 9:00:24 AM PST by geege
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To: geege
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.
3 posted on 02/11/2003 9:01:19 AM PST by Xenalyte
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To: Utah Girl
In your kit, how about a rifle and 1,000 rounds of ammo?
4 posted on 02/11/2003 9:01:27 AM PST by Citizen Tom Paine
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To: geege
Eat the pets. Saves on food.
5 posted on 02/11/2003 9:02:03 AM PST by Lance Romance
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To: Utah Girl
Don't worry too much Utah Girl. They're not after Salt Lake City.
6 posted on 02/11/2003 9:02:52 AM PST by arm958
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To: Citizen Tom Paine
No kidding! What a ridiculous oversight!
7 posted on 02/11/2003 9:02:59 AM PST by Egg
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To: Utah Girl

8 posted on 02/11/2003 9:03:02 AM PST by DAnconia55 (Emergency supplies.)
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To: Citizen Tom Paine
That is what I want in my kit. I think that it is stupid to have these kits and not have real self protection.
9 posted on 02/11/2003 9:03:15 AM PST by CollegeRepublican
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To: geege
Thanks, I need to buy some more dog food. Also, you forgot to mention personal protection.(guns)
10 posted on 02/11/2003 9:04:16 AM PST by blam
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To: Utah Girl
Cash in small bills, coins, camera, magic markers, paper/note cards. Booze.
11 posted on 02/11/2003 9:04:20 AM PST by Eagle Eye (There ought to be a law against excessive legislation.)
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To: Xenalyte
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.

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

12 posted on 02/11/2003 9:04:43 AM PST by arm958
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To: Utah Girl
I hesitate to suggest it because some people interpret it as macho BS or wild paranoia, but I'd strongly recommend getting firearms training and having something in the way of personal protection in the mix, even if it's only pepper spray (and I wouldn't recommend limiting it to that - you can't kill game with pepper spray).
13 posted on 02/11/2003 9:04:55 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Utah Girl
That looks like a standard weekend camping list. Sure is a lot of stuff. By the way, 3 days of stuff is optimistic. If it gets that bad, we will be displaced for months or years.

And, . . . , how many are actually taking this seriously? One percent?

14 posted on 02/11/2003 9:05:03 AM PST by RightWhale
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To: Utah Girl
Thank you, Utah Girl, good post.
15 posted on 02/11/2003 9:05:17 AM PST by varina davis
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To: blam
Have you considerd buying a gun or ammo yet?
16 posted on 02/11/2003 9:05:25 AM PST by Eagle Eye (There ought to be a law against excessive legislation.)
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To: Utah Girl
This reminds me of a old thread I started.

I figured it would come in handy for Y2K but looks like we could use this guy's talents again:

Homemade flamethrower is for rent no longer

17 posted on 02/11/2003 9:05:30 AM PST by Incorrigible
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To: Utah Girl
Do I really have to get feminine hygiene products? Checking out at the store is SO embarassing.
18 posted on 02/11/2003 9:06:28 AM PST by thesharkboy
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To: Lance Romance
Eat the pets. Saves on food.

That's for later. Initially we'll pretend everything will be okay in a few days. Pets don't survive war.

19 posted on 02/11/2003 9:06:34 AM PST by RightWhale
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To: Xenalyte
"...but is there a place to get gas masks for pets?"

Saw an article about preparations in Israel that mentioned those, I think I saw it on FR, or was it drudge?
Anyway, should just be a quick search.
And ditto the firearms/ammo and cleaning kit.

20 posted on 02/11/2003 9:07:55 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is a war room".)
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To: RightWhale
Just a suggestion for those interested. I've had my 72 hour kit for five years now, I rotate the food yearly, check everything else. "If ye are prepared, ye need not fear." I didn't portray this kit as anything else than a 72 hour kit. As a member of the LDS church, we are also counseled to have a year's supply of food and water. Would you like me to post that list? :)
21 posted on 02/11/2003 9:08:00 AM PST by Utah Girl
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To: Eagle Eye
"Cash in small bills, coins, camera, magic markers, paper/note cards. Booze."

LOL. Don't forget outdoor cooking posibilities. We may lose gas/electricity?

22 posted on 02/11/2003 9:08:15 AM PST by blam
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To: blam
I don't think guns will help during a chemical attack but we have ours ready......
23 posted on 02/11/2003 9:08:28 AM PST by geege
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To: thesharkboy
Giggle. No women in your household, I presume...
24 posted on 02/11/2003 9:08:33 AM PST by Utah Girl
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To: Utah Girl
In all seriousness - probably a couple pints of decent whiskey and maybe a couple cartons of cigarettes to use as trade goods. Some ballpoint pens and paper might be nice. A .22 cal rifle and ammunition might help. Coffee (freeze dried) and tea bags would be good. And, if you really think that matters will hit the fan, lockpicks. (Yes, you CAN buy them on the internet!)
25 posted on 02/11/2003 9:08:40 AM PST by neutrino (1eV... and still able to zing along!)
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To: Eagle Eye
Booze.

If someone is addicted to that or tobacco, they ought to see if they can quit cold turkey RIGHT NOW. Better to get over it before the big one.

26 posted on 02/11/2003 9:08:48 AM PST by RightWhale
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To: thesharkboy
Do I really have to get feminine hygiene products? Checking out at the store is SO embarassing.

One time I made a run into town (25 miles away) and my wife wanted me to pick up a few bras on sale at K-Mart. No biggie. Only a man who wasn't sure of his masculinity would be afraid to carry out that request.

27 posted on 02/11/2003 9:09:34 AM PST by arm958
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To: Lance Romance
I love my cats.....why would I want to eat them???????
28 posted on 02/11/2003 9:09:43 AM PST by geege
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To: geege
I don't think guns will help during a chemical attack

The guns are not for defending against the chemical attack. They are for defending against those who didn't prepare and will take your stuff by force.

29 posted on 02/11/2003 9:09:52 AM PST by MrB
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To: Utah Girl
As I read through the list, I noticed how much it looked like the one a Mormon co-worker forwarded me after The Eleventh - then I saw who had posted it. Several things you both left off your lists, though I can't imagine why:
;-)

coffee, coffee creamer, cigarettes, and whiskey

30 posted on 02/11/2003 9:10:00 AM PST by nina0113
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To: Eagle Eye
"Have you considerd buying a gun or ammo yet?"

Nah. I'll use the old .22 rifle that my dad left me. It's held together with rubber bands and duct tape. (...and that's all I'll need.)

31 posted on 02/11/2003 9:10:13 AM PST by blam
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To: RightWhale
Correct. Think about it. What would it be like in urban areas, say, 36 hours after the store shelves were out of milk????
32 posted on 02/11/2003 9:10:31 AM PST by djf
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To: DAnconia55
Sla'inte!!
33 posted on 02/11/2003 9:10:33 AM PST by kstewskis (Ahhh...the Nectar of The Gods)
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To: Utah Girl
Would you like me to post that list?

Might be a good idea. Most aren't taking the danger series, but for those who always intended to do that someday, this might be the day.

34 posted on 02/11/2003 9:10:42 AM PST by RightWhale
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To: Utah Girl
Post away...
35 posted on 02/11/2003 9:11:23 AM PST by IYAS9YAS
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To: Utah Girl
All this stuff is getting way out of hand (Dark Winter, etc...). There will be no attack that would threaten civilization or anything else. Maybe a car bomb in Europe.

My greatest fear is that they'll detonate a bomb containing a small amount of radioactive waste. I'm not afraid of the waste since its basically harmless. I'm afraid the media will hype the story to the moon. The media is capable of terrorizing Americans far more than Al Qaeda.
36 posted on 02/11/2003 9:12:10 AM PST by mikegi
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To: nina0113
LOL! Well, I did say the list was flexible, and to plan for your own needs. I'm sure that many Mormons have pretty much the same list, we've had several lessons over the years, urging us to get prepared.
37 posted on 02/11/2003 9:13:04 AM PST by Utah Girl
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To: Citizen Tom Paine
In your kit, how about a rifle and 1,000 rounds of ammo?

Those are the only things in my kit.

38 posted on 02/11/2003 9:13:08 AM PST by skeeter (Die dulci freure)
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To: Utah Girl
Thanks for the post. A FEMA document, "Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness," can be found at http://www.fema.com/areyouready/ . This can be read as Adobe PDF files or read directly into a word processing program. It covers many kinds of emergencies beyond terrorist attack, but the "Emergency Planning and Disaster Supply" section is very useful.
39 posted on 02/11/2003 9:13:09 AM PST by Faraday
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To: RightWhale
"If someone is addicted to that or tobacco, they ought to see if they can quit cold turkey RIGHT NOW. Better to get over it before the big one."

There you go. Start a rumor that the terrorists are gonna poison tobacco plants and smoking could really kill you.

40 posted on 02/11/2003 9:13:18 AM PST by blam
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To: Billthedrill
I hesitate to suggest it because some people interpret it as macho BS or wild paranoia, but I'd strongly recommend getting firearms training and having something in the way of personal protection in the mix, even if it's only pepper spray (and I wouldn't recommend limiting it to that - you can't kill game with pepper spray).

I started this last week, by taking a firearms class. Now, the question is, do I go with the semi auto, or can I keep my .38 revolver?

41 posted on 02/11/2003 9:13:25 AM PST by kstewskis (Aim small, miss small...BenjaminMartin)
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To: Utah Girl
Utah Girl, I ask this sincerely. Where will you go with all these things? I don't live in the U.S., so may I picture you driving off to some wilderness spot?

Also, don't forget cash in small bills and change. You also need to add to the list a revolver or pistol with pleanty of ammo. A shotgun or rifle would be good, too.

42 posted on 02/11/2003 9:14:37 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: mikegi
I'm just urging people to be prepared, not necessarily for the coming war, but in general. We have natural disasters that can occur (hurricanes, floods, etc.) It would be nice to be a bit independent during those times, instead of having to rely on the government or the Red Cross for primary needs.
43 posted on 02/11/2003 9:14:52 AM PST by Utah Girl
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To: arm958
They're not after Salt Lake City

According to this thread, Salt Lake City is a potential target:

120 Cities Most at Risk

44 posted on 02/11/2003 9:15:05 AM PST by T Minus Four
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To: Faraday
Thanks for the link. I'll print it out, and start reviewing it. There is a lot of good information in there.
45 posted on 02/11/2003 9:15:41 AM PST by Utah Girl
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To: DAnconia55
Good Idea.....

I'm in good shape on liquor, but only about 12 beers.

Tonite I'll pick up a couple cases and more smokes.

46 posted on 02/11/2003 9:15:48 AM PST by WhiteGuy ( - Ron Paul 2004)
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To: blam
Good to know that you aren't giving in to pressure to arm yourself in some outrageous fashion!

BTW, my flight is early next week.

47 posted on 02/11/2003 9:16:09 AM PST by Eagle Eye (There ought to be a law against excessive legislation.)
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To: Eagle Eye
Cash in small bills, coins, camera, magic markers, paper/note cards. Booze.

She's LDS (Mormon) so she doesn't drink. However, I, being fom Utah and NOT being LDS, will be happy to pick up the slack in that department. :-)

48 posted on 02/11/2003 9:16:55 AM PST by T Minus Four
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
Cash in small bills is an excellent idea. Any emergency where we wouldn't have access to our homes. If we had to go to a shelter, wouldn't it be nice to have those things, instead of depending upon the government for the first 3 days? Hopefully, nothing will happen, but it is always good to be prepared.
49 posted on 02/11/2003 9:17:20 AM PST by Utah Girl
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To: Eagle Eye
"BTW, my flight is early next week."

Interview?

50 posted on 02/11/2003 9:17:48 AM PST by blam
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