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To cover unexpected emergencies for up to 72 hours in duration, we recommend an individual 72 Hour Emergency Kit containing essentials to support you for this period of time.  All contents should fit into a 5-gallon bucket and will support one person.

  • 1 5-Gallon Plastic Bucket with securable lid
  • 1 copy of emergency telephone numbers for family and friends
  • 3 cans of Vienna sausages or other canned meat
  • 1 box of raisins or other dried fruit
  • 1 can pork and beans
  • 3 fruit rolls
  • 3 granola bars
  • 3 small cans of fruit juice (orange, apple or tomato)
  • 1 can of low sodium nuts (peanuts, cashews, sunflowers, etc.)
  • 1 small container of peanut butter
  • 1 small container of honey
  • 1 can of Boston Brown bread or similar product
  • ½ pound of powdered milk
  • 1-3 packages of powered juice mix or Gatorade
  • 3 small cans of fruit
  • 3 sticks of beef jerky
  • ½ pound of trail mix
  • 3 vitamin/mineral supplement tablets
  • 2-3 gallons of drinking water (may be stored separate from kit)
  • Water purification tablets
  • 1 can opener (small army style)
  • 6 medium plastic garbage bags
  • 1 plastic cup and dish and silverware
  • 6-10 small paper plates
  • 1 small package of Kleenex
  • 2 large 30-gallon plastic garbage bags or 1 poncho and a small tarp
  • 1 space blanket
  • 1 toothbrush and tooth paste
  • 6 safety pins in various sizes
  • 1 towel
  • 1 washcloth
  • 1 small bar of soap
  • 1 flashlight with batteries
  • 1 AM/FM portable radio with batteries
  • 1 tube Chapstick
  • 1 small container of shampoo
  • 1 roll of toilet paper
  • Feminine sanitary pads if appropriate
  • 15 Q-tips
  • 1 small pocket knife
  • 1 box waterproof/windproof matches
  • 1 small votive candle in glass or metal holder
  • 1 small pocket notebook and pencil
  • 10 quarters for phone calls or vending machines
  • 1 deck of cards or travel game kit
  • Prescription medicine and supplies as needed
  • Spare house and car keys
  • 1 box of assorted Band-Aids or small first aid kit
  • 1 pair of nail clippers or small scissors
  • 1 box of antacids
  • 1 small container of pain reliever
  • 1 small bottle of hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 tube of antiseptic ointment
  • 1 screwdriver with interchangeable tips
  • 1 pair of pliers

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Last updated: 4/25/2007 8:15:32 AM