Create and Update Kit for Each Member

This is one of the activities in the 72-Hour Preparedness List. Learn more about this list or download it in the Para app.

Your 72-hour kits must cover the needs of each member of your household. Be mindful to create and update a personalized individual kits for each member of the family.

Goals:

1. Create and Personalize a Kit for Each Family Member

2. Organize with Watertight Plastic Bags

3. Distribute Weight Between Members as Needed

4. Practice Walking with the Kits

personalize your 72-hour kit

Create and Personalize a Kit for Each Family Member

For each member, consider the special needs of each person. This includes the following considerations:

  • Caloric needs (children need less calories than adults)
  • Dietary needs (Is your food edible to that person?)
  • Physical needs (Can they walk long distances? Do you need an escape wheelchair since you are in an apartment?)
  • Hygiene (feminine hygiene vs male hygiene)
  • Medical needs (Any daily prescribed medication. Do you have extra oxygen or batteries for medical devices?)
  • Their carrying capacity (Can they carry their own kit?)

Organize with Watertight Plastic Bags

Organizing your gear with zip lock or like plastic bags help keep your items dry and also help to keep like items together. You can place toiletries in one bag, food stuffs in another bag, and so on.

Distribute Weight Between Members as Needed

To lighten the load, you can distribute items amongst the kits as needed. It’s ok to separate out or group together items as needed. For heavier items, you can use a container with wheels (See activity “Select the Right Container for Your Kits”).

practice walking with your kit

Practice Walking with the Kits

You will need to make sure everyone can carry their kits with them in case of an emergency. Consider walking to your neighborhood meetup location. You can also take the kits with you during camping and walk a mile with them. You will soon realize you may need to redistribute or lighten the load.

This is one of the activities in the 72-Hour Preparedness List. Learn more about this list or download it in the Para app.