Make Sure You're Prepared for Disaster with a 72-Hour Kit

If you don't have an adequate emergency kit in your home, here's how to put one together so you're prepared in the event of an emergency.

After a major disaster, emergency response units are usually spread pretty thin. Website recommends planning for 72 hours on your own. That means keeping in contact with someone outside the boundaries of the emergency, making a household plan, making your home safe, and putting together a disaster supply kit. will walk you through the entire process, so you can stay calm and collected and make sure you have everything you need, beyond the obvious food, water, first aid, into the other useful items like liquid bleach, duct tape, and a crowbar.

Also note that you can print the entire guide in PDF form—it's probably a good idea to print off a copy and keep it in your kit, especially the "what to do if" section, which offers helpful (and calming) advice for what to do in the event of an earthquake, flood, terrorist attack, contagious disease outbreak, fire, tsunami, and more.

Head over to and the site will walk you through the process of putting together your 72-hour emergency kit, and spread it around to everyone.


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