from the Park County, Colorado Emergency Preparedness Guide, pages 40 – 42

(Courtesy of The Colorado Division of Emergency Management)


72 Hour Family Emergency Kit

The 72 Hour Emergency Kit should be individually tailored to meet the basic survival needs of your family for three days to a week.  Most families prefer to store their emergency supplies in one location that is relatively safe, yet easily accessible if evacuation is required.  Items may be stored in a 32-gallon trash can, suitcase, duffle bag, backpack, footlocker or individual pack.


Emergency Needs

Battery Powered Radio

First Aid Kit and Manual

Sleeping Bags and Blankets (wool and thermal)

Manual Can Opener

Waterproof/Windproof Matches

Non-Perishable Foods (3 days worth)


Water Storage (1 gallon per person per day)

Water Purification Tablets

Utility Knife

Emergency Candles

Extra Eyeglasses / Contact Lenses

Essential Medications

Extra Clothing and Raingear

Extra Batteries

Special Items for Infants, Elderly, or Disabled members of your household


Suggested Non-Perishable Food Items

Ready-to-eat goods in unbreakable containers, canned meats, juice, fruits and vegetables, powdered milk, infant care foods, crackers, peanut butter, freeze-dried and dehydrated goods.


Sanitation Kit

Plastic Bucket with Tight Lid

Plastic Bags and Ties


Improvised Toilet Seat

Paper Cups and Plates

Personal Toiletries

Baby Supplies

Aluminum Foil

Paper Towels

Personal Hygienic Needs

Plastic Utensils



Other Emergency Needs

Pen and Paper


Personal Identification

Address and Phone Numbers

Work Gloves

Basic Tools

Insurance Company Information

Medical Insurance and Other Information


Standard First Aid Kit

First Aid Manual

Aspirin or Pain Relievers


Rubbing Alcohol

Diarrhea Medicine

Petroleum Jelly





Triangular Bandage (36” x 36” x 52”)

Elastic Bandage

Cotton Balls

Cotton Swabs

Safety Pins



Sanitary Napkins (for regular use or for Pressure Dressing)

Disposable Diapers (for infant use or for Dressing/Splint/Padding)

Micropore Adhesive, Paper Tape




Small Splints/Popsicle Sticks

Heavy String

Syrup of Ipecac

Individual Medical Needs

Baking Soda (1/2 tsp. soda + 1 tsp. salt + 1 Qt. Water for Shock)


Car Survival Kit

Always Maintain at Least ½ Tank of Gas

First Aid Kit and Manual

Class ABC Fire Extinguisher

Radio and Batteries

Non-Perishable Food Stored in Coffee Can

Bottled Water

Bag of Sand, Shovel, and Tools

Blankets or Sleeping Bags

Paper and Pens/Pencils



Pre-moistened Towels

Plastic bags

Essential Medications

Sundry Kit

Flashlights and Batteries

Reflectors and Flares

Waterproof Matches and Candles

Jumper Cables

Short Rubber Hose to Siphon


Plan For Your Pet



Cat Litter and Pan

Can Opener

Medications / Medical Records

Pet Bed and Toys

Sturdy Leashes, Harnesses

Pet Carrier

Current Photo of Pet in Case They Get Lost

Designate Someone to Care for Pets in Emergency

Name and Number of Veterinarian


Make Copies of All Legal Papers

Marriage License

House Mortgage

Vacation Home/Property Ownership

Automotive, Motor Home, Trailers, Snowmobiles, Boat Ownership


Jewelry Appraisals

Driver’s License

Insurance Policies

Bank Accounts


How To Store Water

Store your water in thoroughly washed plastic, glass, fiberglass, or enamel-lined metal containers.  Never use a container that has held toxic substances.


Emergency Outdoor Water Sources

If you need to find water outside your home, you can use these sources:


Streams, Rivers, and Other Moving Bodies of Water

Ponds and Lakes

Natural Springs

Be sure to purify the water by boiling it or disinfecting it with household liquid bleach:  16 drops per gallon of water; stir, let stand 30 minutes.

DO NOT EAT SNOW!  It will lower your body temperature.  Melt it first.


Establish an Out-Of-State 24-Hour Telephone Contact

Out-going phone calls will not overload phone lines as will calls coming into a disaster area.

All relatives should be informed now on procedures to call the out-of-state phone contact for information, not after a disaster has occurred.

Take color pictures of every room plus pictures of valuables.  Send one copy of legal papers and one copy of pictures to an out-of-state contact.


Plan How Your Family Will Stay in Contact if Separated by Disaster

Pick two meeting places:

  • A location in a safe distance from your home in case of fire
  • A place outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home


Other Considerations

Stock supplies to last several days to a week for each family member.

Be prepared to relocate to a shelter during a prolonged power outage.

Have extra cash on hand in case electronic transactions (ATM cards, credit cards, etc) cannot be processed.

Work with your family in talking about the steps each needs to take to be ready if disaster happens.