How to Prepare a 72-Hour Emergency Kit

Michelle Ann Lloyd (BS '9) always wanted to be prepared. As a child, she had a supply bag ready to throw out the window in the event of a fire. Now, as a visiting assistant professor of food science, she has a grant from the U. S.

Department of Agriculture to study emergency preparedness. Here are her ideas for creating a 72-hour emergency kit.The most important item in your kit is water. You should have one gallon of water per day for each person. Since a 72-hour kit is designed to last three days, two people would need six gallons of water.

When it comes to food, choose items that you would like to eat and that require minimal preparation. Ready-to-eat foods and beverages in single-meal portions are ideal, as refrigeration may not be available. Consider having a way to heat your food; a small camp stove is a great option. Don't forget eating utensils and dish soap! In addition to food and water, your kit should include a sleeping bag, a change of clothes, and other items.

If you're traveling a significant distance, bring food with you. When it comes to storing your kit, keep in mind that a car isn't the best place as indoor temperatures can go to extremes. Peterman and his staff implement water conservation measures to benefit the university and the environment.Ideally, you should change your water bottles every time you change your watch. If necessary, you can use water from the toilet cistern or water heater.The 72-hour kit contains supplies to help you and your family for three days in an emergency situation.

Make sure you have all the necessary items so that you can be prepared for any situation.