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Red cross 72 hour kit
« on: September 27, 2008, 01:57:33 PM »
Heres a review I did last year on a kit I purchased.

While walking around homedepot my wife ran across this in the discontinued rack. These were going for $99 new last year (2006)(we looked at one just to say we did) and it was marked down to $24, well needless to say she got one. I took it apart last night and did an inventory of it. Here are the contents.




When you open the box everything is already packed into the backpack. In the front zippered pocket are the following item's:

2 mylar blankets
2 N95 masks
2 "D" batteries
2 "AAA" batteries
9 antiseptic wipes
1 disaster family plan paper


the balance of the kit is in the main compartment of the backpack which has the following items:

1 am\fm radio
2 ponchos
3 12 hour chem lights
1 10' roll of duct tape
1 firstaid kit
2 pair of gloves
1 flashlight
2 10 litter water bladders
4 12 portion food ration blocks (8 bars(200 calories per bar) per day per person)
30 4.22oz drinking water packages
1 medical kit (a basic kit)





First thing I would is to toss the flashlight and replace it a better one.
The Tylenol/Aspirin/antibiotic items in the med kit expired last year so thats going to be updated.
The food bars are still good for 2 years.
the water pouches have no expiration date so I'll figure out the use by date.
For $24 it's a good starter kit and needs to be updated and expanded on a little to make it a great kit.

*These kits are no longer for sale but It will give you a general idea of whats needed and what needs to be upgraded*


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Re: Red cross 72 hour kit
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2008, 06:40:27 PM »
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4 12 portion food ration blocks (8 bars(200 calories per bar) per day per person)


Have you ever tasted one of those blocks of food?  All I can think about is saw dust.

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Re: Red cross 72 hour kit
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2008, 07:38:27 PM »
This one is coconut flavor but crumbly. I probably wouldn't want to eat it more then three days in a row

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Re: Red cross 72 hour kit
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2008, 03:12:20 PM »
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4 12 portion food ration blocks (8 bars(200 calories per bar) per day per person)


Have you ever tasted one of those blocks of food?  All I can think about is saw dust.
I opened an older Mainstay 3600 bar and ate over the course of a few days at work. Tasted like a lemon cookie, not too bad. I could eat it for a few days. My family really likes Millennium bars. Similar to a Mainstay bar in texture, but they come in different flavors. They are great for cars/BOBs since they do not melt. My wife keeps them in the car for trips for when the kids get hungry so she does not have to stop at a fast food place. I buy them from beprepared.com (Emergency Essentials). Hopefully including the link is ok...  ;)

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Re: Red cross 72 hour kit
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2008, 11:52:43 PM »
I bought a kit like this in bag from the red cross web site. I stuck a lighter, an old sturdy pair of sneakers and a folding knife in mine and I keep it stashed in a file drawer at work.

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Re: Red cross 72 hour kit
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2008, 11:20:19 AM »
Add some light sticks in case the power goes out or other problems.

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Re: Red cross 72 hour kit
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2009, 12:44:41 PM »
It's always irked me that neither the Red Cross or FEMA provide or suggest knives or fire starting materials in their disaster kits. What are they afraid of?

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Re: Red cross 72 hour kit
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2009, 08:49:14 PM »
It's always irked me that neither the Red Cross or FEMA provide or suggest knives or fire starting materials in their disaster kits. What are they afraid of?

Lawyers.

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Re: Red cross 72 hour kit
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2009, 09:30:52 PM »
Lawyers.
Well put. If I could pick one survival tool it'd be a good knife, because you can make almost anything from one,  bows, snares, shelter, ect. but oh no, fear the lawyers.

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Re: Red cross 72 hour kit
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2009, 06:06:08 PM »
Well put. If I could pick one survival tool it'd be a good knife, because you can make almost anything from one,  bows, snares, shelter, ect. but oh no, fear the lawyers.

Well, if SHTF, I'll be glad I have an knife instead of a lawyer.

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Re: Red cross 72 hour kit
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2009, 07:26:09 PM »
Knife beats lawyer hands down....

I'll have to keep and eye out for one the time I'm at home depot...

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Re: Red cross 72 hour kit
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2009, 11:33:38 AM »
Hey, a lawyer can probably knock down a tree or take down a game animal if you throw them hard enough.  However, I do think you'll only be able to get a single use out of them for this purpose.  Too bad, really...

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Re: Red cross 72 hour kit
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2009, 11:48:42 AM »
Hey, a lawyer can probably knock down a tree or take down a game animal if you throw them hard enough.  However, I do think you'll only be able to get a single use out of them for this purpose.  Too bad, really...

or provide and excellent source of fat and limited source of protein.

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Re: Red cross 72 hour kit
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2009, 01:12:07 PM »
Hey, a lawyer can probably knock down a tree or take down a game animal if you throw them hard enough.  However, I do think you'll only be able to get a single use out of them for this purpose.  Too bad, really...

And you can give the lawyer to the nasties (predatory animals, gov officials, zombies, etc) while you make a hasty retreat.