Keep in mind that what you put in each pack will vary with the individual. Some family members—particularly the oldest and youngest—will require special consideration.
If you have an elderly person in your household, his or her special needs must be taken into consideration. If these individual needs medications, I suggest that you keep an emergency supply of medication on hand just in case you could not get to a pharmacy or a doctor. Prepare a 72-hour kit that meets this person’s special needs.
Babies and Young Children
If your family includes a baby or young children, meeting their needs during a crisis should be a top priority. Children, even babies, can feel their parents’ stress. If your little ones are afraid, your words or actions can calm them down and reassure them
Sample 72-Hour Kit for Baby
- Disposable diapers
- Wet towelettes
- Baby lotion and diaper rash ointment
- Garbage bags for used diapers
- Blanket and extra clothing
- Baby formula
- Evaporated whole milk
- Powdered milk
- Karo syrup
- Bottles with nipples
- Baby food and juices
- Spoons (plastic)
- Other ___
An infant who is nursing may not require additional foods, as long as the mother continues to get sufficient nourishment. If the mother is unable to nurse, however,
evaporated whole milk mixed with Karo syrup can be used as a formula. For babies already on solids, it is not necessary to store large quantities of commercial baby foods.
Once infants can eat solid foods, they should be able to eat the foods the rest of the family is eating. The foods may need to be mashed or thinned with milk.
Until the age of two, a child who is weaned from the breast needs the fats best provided by whole milk. Therefore, if you have a toddler, you should store some evaporated whole milk that you could add to nonfat dry milk that has been reconstituted.
If your child has an allergy to cow’s milk, then a cereal-based formula may be used. If your child needs special types of food, plan for this and stock up on them. Following are suggestions for additional items to include in a small child’s 72-hour kit.