Emergency Preparedness: 72 Hour Kit

In the case of an unexpected (or more recently proven, expected!) grid-down event, the Red Cross and the US government warn people to NOT expect help for at least 72 hours. During that time you need to be able to fend for yourself and ideally help out your neighbors. 

Below are a series of videos I did on the basics of creating such a 72-hour emergency kit. Hopefully these videos will show just how easy it is to GREATLY increase your safety and comfort when things turn really bad.


72-Hour Kit: Overview



72-Hour Kit: Water
Store-bought 1gal jugs leak so place in plastic tub. Heavy-duty containers are better.

Water Purification
Boiling removes bacteria & viruses but not chemical contamination.
Filter “straws” remove bacteria but not viruses or chemicals
Berkey black filters remove bacteria, viruses, and chemicals
Chemical water sterilization kills bacteria, most viruses but doesn’t remove harmful chemicals


72-Hour Kit: Storing Food
Store what you eat, eat what you store. Aim for stuff that can be eaten right out of the package.


72-Hour Kit: Cooking Food


72-Hour Kit: Washing Dishes
3-tube scout method: soapy water --> rinse water --> water with bleach


72-Hour Kit: Medicines
Be ready for pain, burns, bug bites, sleeplessness, upset stomaches, or diarrhea 


72-Hour Kit: First Aid Supplies
Vetwrap (better than an ACE bandage)


72-Hour Kit: Documents Binder
Keep printouts of your insurance policies, medical information, banking records, and resume/employment information ready to access.


72-Hour Kit: Emergency Lighting


72-Hour Kit: Emergency Radios & Communication


72-Hour Kit: Fire Extinguisher!


Websites to Help You Be Prepared 
1. US Government: https://www.ready.gov/ 
2. Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies.html 
3. US Center for Disease Control: https://emergency.cdc.gov/
4. Survival Mom: https://thesurvivalmom.com/


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