Monday, May 4, 2009

72-Second Disaster Kit Under Bed: Prepare for Earthquakes or other Disasters

Yes, you read that correctly. I wrote 72-Second Disaster Kit. I took a class on disaster preparedness at the recent BYU Women’s Conference and learned the importance of having an emergency kit under your bed. Even though we keep our 72-Hour Kits in a closet by our front door, a 72-Second Disaster Kit can be useful when emergencies happen during the night. Of course if you live in a small apartment, or are a college student, you should probably keep your 72-Hour Kit by your bed. In some disasters you may become trapped in your bed or room, so plan for it. I am still waiting for the conference lecture notes, but here are some items to think about.

72-Second Disaster Kit:Keep items in a Bag/backpack (this will prevent broken glass and other debris from getting in your shoes)
Sturdy, yet comfortable shoes
Pair of socks
Emergency contact list
Whistle (to attract the attention of emergency personnel)
Dust mask (useful in fires and earthquakes)
Work gloves (to protect your hands when moving glass or debris)
Several bottles of water
Flashlight (don’t use if you smell gas)
Light stick on a lanyard
Pry bar
Portable radio with spare batteries

On Bedside Night Stand Keep:Extra car keys
Cell phone and charger

Under Bed 72 Second Kit.pdf

The recent earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy happened in the middle of the night. Some survivors were trapped in their beds. However, read about 98 year-old Maria D'Antuono who past the time knitting while waiting to be rescued.


  1. Valarie, I am loving your blog lately as I am trying to get my family prepared as much as possible on our REALLY low budget! Thanks for this!

  2. This site was a true answer to prayer! My dad and husband called me 2 hours apart from each other and told me we needed to get our year supply. They both mentioned all the fuel and supplies we need to get too. THANK YOU FOR ORGANIZING THIS FOR ME!!

  3. Answer to prayer! TRULY, THANK YOU SO MUCH

  4. I just came across your blog today. Thank you for this information. Can you tell me what year and who the presenter was of this workshop session? Thanks!

  5. Hi Kayla: Not at home so I don't have my notes. But it was the April 2009 BYU Women's Conference. Sorry I can't remember her name.


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