72-Hour Family Emergency Kit Checklist

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Working moms are always short on time. Our lists make things a little easier -- just print and you're good to go! According to the Red Cross, the best way to make sure your family and home are safe is to be prepared before an emergency occurs.

Here is a synopsis of what they recommend you have on hand for a three-day emergency situation -- one where you are stranded in your own home with no transportation or utilities. For a more detailed list of what to keep in your kit, or for more information on how to store your kit or what else you can do to be prepared, go to the Red Cross's "Prepare at Home" page; also, be sure to read up on what people who have actually lived through disaster situations (like Hurricane Katrina) do to stay prepared, and take a moment to check out the suggestions at


Food and Water:
  1. One gallon of water per person
  2. Water purification tablets or plain bleach
  3. Protein bars
  4. Canned meats and fish
  5. Dried fruit
  6. Nuts
  7. Instant Soup packets or boullion cubes
  8. Dry cereal
  9. Crackers
  10. Peanut butter
  11. Canned juice or juice boxes
  12. Baby formula
  13. Bottles and sippy cups
  14. Non-electric can opener
  15. Non-electric bottle opener (for puncturing juice cans)


Bedding and Clothing:
  1. Complete change of seasonally appropriate clothing, including socks, sturdy shoes or work boots, and underwear for each person
  2. Thermal underwear
  3. Sunglasses
  4. Prescription glasses
  5. Waterproof poncho
  6. Waterproof tablecloth (to use as tarp or floor covering)
  7. Light blanket
  8. Sleeping bag or heavy blanket
  9. Inflatable pillow
  10. Towels
  11. Work gloves


Sanitation and Medication
  1. First Aid Kit with gauze, bandages, tweezers, medical tape, and alcohol pads
  2. Anti-bacterial ointment
  3. Saline solution (for washing dust out of eyes)
  4. Toilet Paper
  5. Baby wipes
  6. Diapers
  7. Hand Sanitizer
  8. Dish Soap
  9. Prescription medication (and copies of prescriptions)
  10. Over-the-counter medications
  11. Anti-diarrheal pills
  12. Antacid tablets
  13. Sanitary pads (good for covering wounds as well)
  14. Activated charcoal


  1. Flashlights
  2. Extra batteries
  3. Glow sticks
  4. Long-burning candles
  5. Waterproof matches
  6. Hand/body warmers or "heat patches"
  7. Sterno (fuel for camp stove)
  8. Camp stove
  9. Metal cooking pot
  10. Mess kit (reusable dishes, cups, utensils)
  11. Hand crank radio
  12. Pens
  13. Pencils
  14. Paper
  15. Pocket knife or "Leatherman" multipurpose tool
  16. Pliers
  17. Small fire extinguisher
  18. Rope (50 feet long)
  19. Plastic garbage bags
  20. Duct tape
  21. Aluminum foil
  22. Zip-top storage bags
  23. Compass
  24. Whistle
  25. Deck of cards, small games, books


Documentation and money (place in waterproof container)
  1. Cash
  2. Emergency credit card
  3. Emergency debit card
  4. Local map (to find shelters)
  5. General road map (for possible evacuation)
  6. Copy of Emergency Evacuation plan
  7. Immunication records
  8. Medical and Dental records
  9. Major financial records (deeds, titles)
  10. Notarized copies of birth certificate
  11. Notarized copy of marriage certificate
  12. Photocopy of passport
  13. List of important phone numbers and emergency contacts, both in and out of state
  14. Copy of bank and mortgage account numbers and contact info
  15. Copy of insurance policies (homeowners, auto, life, health) and contact info
  16. Copy of investment account numbers and contact info
  17. Copy of serial numbers for needed medical devices and manufacturer's contact info



1 comment so far...

  • The first aid kit is a really good idea to include here. You never know when you will need gauze bandages or something of the sort. They do come in handy from time to time.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Richey on 9th May 2011