Mecklenburg County ARES 72 Hour Emergency Kit
After hurricane Hugo rolled through Charlotte, many of us realized that we were not prepared adequately for disasters. Everyone would be better prepared if you have a 72 hour emergency kit. Some folks have an emergency kit packed and ready to go in case they need to evacuate their home, others assemble their kit with the intention of sheltering in place. The following list of recommendations is applicable to both scenarios:
Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food. If canned food is
included be sure to include a can opener.
Mess kit or light weight cook pot A sturdy sharp Knife paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils At least a half tank of gas at all times Flashlight + Extra batteries (hand crank flashlight) HT, battery packs and charger Cell phone + chargers Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (with NOAA Weather Radio, if possible) Whistle to signal for help Paper and pencil – (rite in rain) Extra batteries for everything you bring. First Aid kit – (Imodium) (Potassium Iodide) Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, extra
Insect repellent and sunscreen Sanitation and personal hygiene items including hand sanitizer List of allergies to any foods or drugs. Portable shelter - Tent or large tarp - include a ground cloth, rope / paracord. Warm blankets, bedding or sleeping bags for each person. Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants, underwear, socks and
sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if it is cold. Include a hat.
Jacket or coat for each person. Rain gear for each person.
Socks (5 to 6 pairs for 3 days) Sewing kit Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members. Special items for pet care (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl) Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children Maps of your area including locality and state. Compass / GPS – (compass never has dead batteries) Multi-purpose tool or tool kit Heavy work gloves Duct Tape Extra set of car keys and house keys Extra cash Camera for taking photos of any damage Pictures of all family members Matches in a waterproof container A Lighter or other fire starter such as a ferrocerium rods Fresnel lens – (wallet size) Important family documents such as copies of medication list and pertinent medical
information deed/lease to home, birth certificates, health insurance, Home insurance policies and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
Family and emergency contact information. Thumb drive copies of all of the above documentation. Evacuation Routes. Directions to the closest evacuation shelter or alternately a rally point where you will
meet absent members of your Household. Your Rally Point may be a friend’s home, a motel or a Park, just be sure all of your family members know this is where you will meet during emergencies.
Emergency reference material such as a first aid book and a survival handbook. Unscented Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – (add 8 drops (1/8 teaspoon) of
Portable Water filter - My favorite filter is an Aquamira Frontier pro it is light weight, good for
Additional Items for sheltering in place
Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape. Moist towelettes, garbage bags a five gallon bucket and plastic ties for personal sanitation Wrench or pliers t Axe Shovel Pry bar Camp stove – (Propane, butane, alcohol or fuel tablet). Fuel for your stove. Hurricane / oil lamps
Always be sure to rotate the items in your emergency kit. Some items like prescription, food and batteries have a shelf life.
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