FAMILY EMERGENCY INFORMATION & EMERGENCY KITS
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.
Battery Powered Radio
First Aid Kit and Manual
Sleeping Bags and Blankets (wool and thermal)
Manual Can Opener
Non-Perishable Foods (3 days worth)
Water Storage (1 gallon per person per day)
Water Purification Tablets
Extra Eyeglasses / Contact Lenses
Extra Clothing and Raingear
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.
Plastic Bucket with Tight Lid
Plastic Bags and Ties
Improvised Toilet Seat
Paper Cups and Plates
Personal Hygienic Needs
Other Emergency Needs
Pen and Paper
Address and Phone Numbers
Insurance Company Information
Medical Insurance and Other Information
Standard First Aid Kit
First Aid Manual
Aspirin or Pain Relievers
Triangular Bandage (36” x 36” x 52”)
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
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
Bag of Sand, Shovel, and Tools
Blankets or Sleeping Bags
Paper and Pens/Pencils
Flashlights and Batteries
Reflectors and Flares
Waterproof Matches and Candles
Short Rubber Hose to Siphon
Plan For Your Pet
Cat Litter and Pan
Medications / Medical Records
Pet Bed and Toys
Sturdy Leashes, Harnesses
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
Vacation Home/Property Ownership
Automotive, Motor Home, Trailers, Snowmobiles, Boat Ownership
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
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
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.