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Basic Emergency Survival

Because we are a rural county it is possible for your family to be 'on your own' in the event of a blizzard, wild land fire, flood, or other emergency.  It is a good idea to think through what you would need if you were unable to get out for supplies.  The 72-Hour Emergency Kit should be 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 sealed plastic trash can, suitcase, duffle bag, backpack, footlocker or individual pack.

The items under Emergency Needs are recommended for your kit. 

Emergency Needs

  • Battery Powered Radio
  • First Aid Kit & Manual
  • Sleeping Bags & Blankets (wool & thermal)
  • Manual Can Opener
  • Waterproof/Windproof Matches
  • Non-Perishable Foods
  • Flashlight
  • Water Storage (1 gal./day/person)
  • Water purification tablets
  • Utility Knife
  • Emergency Candles
  • Extra Eyeglasses/Contact Lenses
  • Essential Medications
  • Extra Clothing

Suggested non-perishable food items: Ready-to-eat goods in unbreakable containers, canned meats, juice, fruits & vegetables, powdered milk, infant care foods, crackers, peanut butter, freeze-dried & dehydrated goods.

Standard First Aid Kit

  • First Aid Manual
  • Aspirin or Pain Relievers
  • Laxatives
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Diarrhea Medicine
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Soap
  • Salt
  • Gauze
  • Band-aid
  • Triangular Bandage (36"x36"x52")
  • Elastic Bandage
  • Cotton Balls
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Safety Pins
  • Scissors
  • Thermometer
  • Sanitary Napkins (Pressure Dressing)
  • Disposable Diapers (Dressing/ Splint/Padding)
  • Micropore Adhesive, Paper Tape
  • Matches
  • Needles
  • Tweezers
  • Small Splints, Popsicle Sticks
  • Heavy String 
  • Individual Medical Needs
  • Baking Soda (1/2 tsp. soda + 1 tsp. salt + 1 qt. water for shock)