Thursday, June 21, 2007

72 Hour Kits

Now is a great time to get your 72 hour kits ready. Start by getting a pack for every member of your household.

Start by making sure every person has enough water to last for three days. 192 oz of water is the recommended amount of water intake per day. That is 1 1/2 gallons of water per person.

Next you'll want to make three days worth of meals. Even Wal-Mart is selling the MRE's (Meals Ready to Eat) and freeze dried foods. However, they are expensive. Here are some easy and less expensive solutions:
Beef Jerky Saltine Crackers Corned Beef Hash Soup-for-One
Roast Beef Hash Cheese & Crackers Beef Stew Oyster Crackers
Chili Dried Beef Ravioli Fruit Cups
Applesauce Cups Vienna Sausages Pudding Cups Bread Sticks
Cookies Snack Pack Cereal Canned Milk Powdered Milk
Fruit Rolls Fun Fruits Packages of Raisins Packages of Peanuts
Granola Bars Beef Sticks Box Juices Hot Cocoa Mix
Suckers Hard Candy Trail Mix Power Bars
Instant Oatmeal Packets Tuna Pouches Canned Veggies

But make menu's. Start with Day One:
Breakfast: Oatmeal Packet, 1/2 cup (4oz) water. Hot Cocoa Mix, 3/4 cup (6oz) water, Applesauce cup.
Snack: Power Bar
Lunch: Tuna and Crackers, Fruit Drink, 3/4 cup (6oz) water
Snack: Fruit Snacks
Dinner: Ravioli, Crackers, Canned Milk, 1/2 cup (4oz) water, Fruit Cup.

That is just an example. Work it into your families tastes.

Once you have the menu's planned out, place everything you need for one meal, except for the water, in a strong plastic, Ziploc type bag. You can include your snacks in with your Breakfast and Lunch bags.

Get some little salt and pepper packets and utensils to go into your kits. I like to have one set of plastic utensils per day and put one salt and pepper packet into each bag.

Now that you have your food, you need to start working on your first aid. Get another strong plastic Ziploc type bag and add:
Antibiotic Ointment Asprin
Three days worth of Regular Prescriptions
Adhesive tape 4" x 4" sterile gauze pads Antihistamine cream
Antibacterial Cleanser for Cleaning Hands Adhesive bandages (all sizes)
Oral Antihistamine Book on first aid
Cigarette Lighter for sterilization Cough medication
Dental kit Exam gloves
Ibuprofen Insect repellant
Small Knife Nonadhesive wound pads
Plastic resealable bags Pocket mask for CPR
Safety pins (large and small) Sunblock
Scissors Thermometer

Play with those items, add more if ther

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