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Emergency Preparedness: How to add Fuel and Light to Your 72 Hr. Emkit

Updated on January 15, 2013
72 Hr. Emergency Kit Essentials Everyone Must have
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Emergency Preparedness Kit: See the Light!

One of the primary focal points needed when creating an emergency kit for yourself or members of your family is to remember 3 key things:

  1. Don't try and do it all at once! Unless you have great wealth and you can just go out and buy what ever you need and spend what ever you want, you will want to take your time and really consider everything you will need for your EMKIT. The whole idea is to really appreciate the value of your EMKIT and feel proud that you able to create a sustainable life vessel in any case of emergency.
  2. Involve your entire family! Everyone should know what they have, what they need, and what needs to be updated or replaced in their EMKIT. Pick out all your back packs together! Let everyone choose their own color of toothbrush, or flashlight.
  3. Remember to NOT stress over not having a complete EMKIT at this time.. You will! As you continuously find and buy items for your EMKIT, you will eventually have everything you will need. Make a check list and stick to it. The accomplishing a complete EMKIT is very satisfying and rewarding.

I already have an EMKIT for myself, however, like every EMKIT, you need to keep it up to date and make sure that anything that has expired is tossed out or recycled and then replaced. I am actually creating an EMKIT for my best friend, so I went out into the garage and found a back pack that I haven’t used in awhile. Dusted it off, wiped it down and TA DA, the humble beginnings of his new EMKIT.

Now, I am not going to do all the work for him. I want him to feel good about the effort he will make in creating his own EMKIT, so he is going to create his while I revamp mine. How cool is that!

I had an extra luggage tag, so I had him fill it out. If you remember in my first HUB Getting Prepared for 2012, I stated that I preferred to have both the luggage tag as well as writing your name in black with a perma-marker on a strap of your back pack.
(so, he/we did both)



There are (3) three categories in creating an EMKIT:




The ESSENTIALS list contains items that EVERYONE will need no matter your gender or age. Some items would include: Water, snacks and canned food, clothing, therma blanket, flashlight just to name a few.

The PERSONAL list will contain items that YOU will need as an individual for your personal needs: Prescription, toiletries, certain foods, etc.

NON-ESSENTIALS are not necessary, yet can add calmness to your world when it’s turned upside down. For example: a Coloring book and crayons for a child, a book or game for an adult or teenager, etc.

There are several "sections" within the ESSENTIALS category. This category is broken down in my other Emergency Preparedness hubs to allow you to concentrate on them one at a time. Again, the whole idea is to keep it simple and not become overwhelmed. It would be really easy for me to write a very long list of everything you need.. but what fun would that be. Set your goals, meet your goals, feel rewarded!

I remember when I taught this class in Hawaii. Many individuals were a bit overwhelmed because it can cost quite a bit if you just run out and purchase everything at once.

Yes, I agree, it would be nice to be able to do that and be done with it. However, there is such a great feeling of planning and really knowing what you are placing in your EMKITS as you create them. This will also allow you to not go overboard and keep a perspective between what you really need and what you think you need.

When I created my lesson plans for my seminars, I considered the expense and the time and wanted everyone to understand that anyone can put together an EMKIT, and do it well.


Guidance Tips

Most, if not all of these items can be found around the house. The whole idea is not to run out and just purchase everything for your kit. If that's the case, you might as well just buy a kit already made up. Hmmm what fun is that?!?!

I think the fun challenge for me and those whom I have taught were to search the house and garage and see what you could find. You’d be surprised at the things you will find.

True, you may not have enough for everyone, but it’s one less thing you will need to purchase.

I truly hope I hear from you and tell me how you are doing in your “Treasure Hunt”.

Okay, it’s time to start your CHALLENGE for this week.
Good luck and HAVE FUN! Be sure to tell me how you are doing!


The first section in the ESSENTIAL’S list we will concentrate on will be “Fuel & Light”.
(Be sure to place each of these items in everyone’s EMKIT.)

Fuel & Light

  • Flashlight
  • Lamps (battery operated)
  • Headlamp (battery operated)
  • Radio (there are solar powered radios now. If battery operated, be sure to have 2-3 sets of batteries)
  • Batteries (flashlight, radio, lamps, anything that requires a battery)
  • Flares
  • Candles
  • Lighter
  • Waterproof matches

I like to place most of my items in zip lock baggies a couple of reasons:

  1. Keeps the items dry and safe
  2. Easy to locate in your back pack and everything is all together in one baggie.


About the Author

Lisa has directed and acted in musical theatre for nearly 30 years. Her musical upbringing allowed her to pursue her career in teaching and directing and continues to direct shows today. As the owner of 2 online Home Décor sites, Lisa’s passion for Rustic Living all begins with her love for the home, outdoors, and her many hobbies. Lisa loves to laugh, and she share’s that love through her comedic hubs centered on her MOM. Lisa’s passions include writing, directing, acting, photography, singing, cooking, crafts, gardening, and home improvement, including decorating. Lisa also writes under her penned name, Elizabeth Rayen.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Express10. It is such an important factor in each of our lives. I'm happy you are taking the time to learn more about it! :)

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      H C Palting 6 years ago from East Coast

      Very useful hub. I have been learning more about this type of stuff and enjoyed your tips.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      Thank you so much carbon12! I do wish you luck.. but I venture to guess that you will find most, if not all the items! Thank you for the tips. I occassionally add polls and quizes to my hubs, so I really like that idea. I will take any suggestions I can get.. Bless you! :)

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      carbon12 6 years ago

      Well laid out hub. I am going to search around my house and see if I can put a 72 hour emergency kit together. Wish my luck.

      I would suggest a few more things. Hopefully I am not being too pushing here but a poll or quiz at the end of your hub would be a way for your readers to interact, a few more pics, and maybe a video. In addition, I just looked up the keyword/phrase. "72 hour kit" and it gets over 14,000 global monthly searches. You got my vote up. Have a great day my friend.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      Thank you. Great Idea. I actually have mine in a suitcase on wheels. Sometimes people can't carry 40-50# on their backs, so the case on wheels is a great alternative. Thanks for the tip. I have been commenting on other hubs as well. I know I'm new, so I will take all the advice I can get. Thanks for being my first follower. :)

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Excellent ideas. I'd like to add putting all this in a portable carrier, so if you need to get moving after an emergency, you can take your kit with you. Voting this Up and Useful.

      P.S. One way to get people to comment on your hubs is to comment on theirs.