72h Emergency Plan

Your 72-hour emergency kit must be ready and easy to grab at anytime.
When building your kit, store items in different waterproof bags and put them in easy-to-carry containers such as backpacks or duffel bags.

Keep in mind some these factors:

  • Duration of the emergency (plan for at least 72 hours).
  • You may not be able to use your vehicle or to load it last minute before an evacuation, so you won’t be able to carry heavy plastics bins.
  • How much weight can each person in your family carry?
  • The age of members within your household.
  • Dietary needs.
  • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment.
  • Disabilities and functional needs, including devices and equipment.
  • Weight is your enemy in an evacuation context.
  • The optimization of your supplies is essential to minimize the weight of your bags.

Your kit could include the following recommended items:


  • One gallon per person per day per person is recommended.
    (Depending on the area you live in, you might find water in creeks, rivers or lakes.)
  • A water filter with Hydrapak 1-3L.
  • Water purification tablets.

Food and dishes:

  • High-calorie emergency food (bars and meals).
    Something that can be ready without cooking or preparation, but just by adding hot water.
  • A few tea bags or coffee.
  • A windburner 1L stove and all season fuel blend canisters (only to boil water).
  • Collapsible bowls easy-to-pack (expands from an easy packing height of 4.3cm up to a 650ml capacity).
  • Foldable utensils.
  • Lighter.


  • Advanced First Aid kit.
    Prescription medications if needed.
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication.
  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio.
  • Flashlight.
  • Extra batteries.
  • Solar charger.
  • Cell phone.
  • Waterproof tarp shelter.
  • Duct tape.
  • An emergency fire starter kit.
  • Gas Mask or Respirator:

    There are a huge amount of reasons why you and your family would need gas masks or respirators: – Smoke from building or wildfires – Particulates launched during natural disasters, like earthquakes – Biological outbreaks or attacks – Chemical or Nuclear attacks – Riot agents like pepper spray or tear gas.

For sleeping:

  • Sleeping bags.
  • Warm blankets.
  • Inflatable pillows & mattresses.


  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for the season and sturdy shoes.


  • For everyone:
    Soap – toothpaste – baby wipes – toilet paper.

For babies:

  • Bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream.

For women:

  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items.

Don’t forget to pack for children:

  • A book, games, puzzles or other activities, their cuddly toy and a few candies can help them to be reassured.

If you own a pet, do not forget to plan extra food and water for it.

Important various items:

  • A local paper map: know your area in details.
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, ID, and passports must be stored in a waterproof bag.
  • Small denomination cash.

Plan ahead your financial preparedness:

  • Know your insurance policy. Make sure your
    home, vehicle, business and belongings are protected.
  • If possible, consider emergency savings to cover temporary expenses while you are out of your home.
  • Keep emergency cash handy in case banking services are unavailable.
    If you are evacuated, keep all receipts for additional expenses.
  • Prepare a detailed list, which includes pictures, of all your belongings.
  • Know the steps for making a home/vehicle insurance claim.
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