72 hour Emergency – Are you prepared?

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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, I wanted to share my thoughts on emergency preparedness. As I continue to get my family prepared for any emergency, I will continue to share what we do here.

72 Hour Emergency Bags
A couple years ago my parents gifted Mark and I with an emergency essentials bag, stocked with supplies for 2 people for 72 hours. This bag has so many items in it, that could really help when faced with things like, no power, no clean water, no heat.  A lot of things those on the East Coast are currently facing.  Our plan is to have one of these bags for each person in our family.
Here’s a look at what’s in our bag:
  • (2) Mainstay 3600 Emergency Food Rations
  • LED flashlight, (2) snaplights
  • (2) Emergency sleeping bags
  • (6) hand and body warmers
  • emergency whistle and 5-in-1 survival whistle (compass, mirror, waterproof matchbox)
  • (2) ponchos
  • First Aid supplies (include bandaids, neosporin, anti-bacterial wipes, and any medications you take)
  • swiss army pocket knife
  • (2) packs of tissues
  • (6) bottles of water
Try to pack things that won’t need batteries. Things like the snaplights are great. They also sell wind up flashlights and radios. That way you avoid having to pack extra batteries.
A couple weeks ago, my church women’s group took a Saturday to talk about more Emergency Preparedness, and add Food Kits to our 72 Hour Bags. Since we bought in bulk (and I mean BULK) one 72 hour food pack per person, cost only 8 dollars. 
This will all fit into 2 Gallon size ziplock bags!  I’ll list the items first, and then give you the 3-day meal plan.
  • 4 granola bars
  • 2 juice boxes
  • 2 pkg Ramen noodles
  • 4 pkg beef sticks
  • 3 fruit rolls
  • 27 pieces of candy
  • 2 single serve hot chocolates
  • 1 pudding cup
  • 1 cup of soup
  • 1 pkg nuts
  • 1 pkg cookies

3 Day Menu using this Emergency Food Kit

Day 1
Breakfast – 2 granola bars, 1 juice box
Lunch – 1 pkg Ramen
Dinner – 2 pkg beef sticks, 1 fruit roll
snack – 9 pieces of candy

Day 2
Breakfast – 1 hot chocolate mix, 1 fruit roll
Lunch – 2 pkg beef sticks, 1 pudding cup
Dinner – 1 cup of soup
Snack – 9 pieces of candy

Day 3
Breakfast – 1 fruit roll, 1 juice box
Lunch – 1 pkg Ramen Noodles
Dinner – 2 granola bars, 1 pkg nuts, 1 hot chocolate
Snack – 9 pieces candy, 1 pkg cookies

Other items you may need to add for this to work – dishes (bowls) for the ramen, cups for the hot chocolate, plastic utensils and garbage bags.  You will already have your water in the above 72 hour bag.

*I’m linking this emergency menu plan to Orgjunkie.com

Do you have a 72 hour Emergency kit?  Will you get one ready? 

9 thoughts on “72 hour Emergency – Are you prepared?

  1. This is on my to-do list!! I love your kit. You really did a great job and I bet you feel much more at ease knowing you will be prepared if you ever need it…which I hope you never do!!

  2. My boyfriend is a big fan of that show, Doomsday Preppers. He'd always tell me about ideas and tips he learned there. It seems silly, to think about "prepping" like that. But I really think it's a must-do. I mean, we've seen how bad things can get after a storm – you can NOT rely on anyone else to come and help you.

    So, we're working on putting together bags like this, stockpiling more food and water in totes in the garage, and looking at buying a few new gadgets – like a food dehydrator, water purifier, etc.

    Up here in Washington state we don't have a lot of storm threats – but we do get freak snow storms once in awhile. Now that I'm a mom, I want to make sure we could be safe in an emergency! Love your tips here – pinning for future reference 🙂

  3. That is a great idea. I've become very panicky since having my kids, and I even have my own "disaster bag" for our family packed and ready. There's way too much in it (I think I packed for a weekend getaway instead of an actual disaster – lol.)

    1. That's great you've put together a bag already! I would definitely go through it again, and make sure you have what you really need. You don't want to be hauling something around, that you wouldn't use in an emergency.

  4. I don't have a kit but want to get one ready now. I even had a post in September about Emergency Preparedness and I still didn't get mine together. So necessary and relevant. Thanks for this post!

  5. This is also on my to-do list! What I love is that you took the extra step to write out how the supplies would be used each day. This is a great post and I'm sure it inspired a lot of people to really think about preparing for emergencies. Thanks for sharing! #SITS

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