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Emergency Preparedness:How to Add the Right Equipment to Your 72 Hr. Emkit

Updated on January 15, 2013

72 Hr Emergency Kit~Equipment

It is always a good thing to be motivated into putting your 72 Hr Emergency Kit (EMKIT) together. We make a list of all the items we will need to fill our back packs and containers.
However, after the lists are all made, you suddenly discover that all these items are going to cost a lot of money. We may think to ourselves that 1) It's too expensive to buy all the items listed (especially if you have a family of four or more) 2) It seems overwhelming and since there is no threat of any disaster in your near future, you think you can wait a little bit longer.

My answer to this is: PLEASE DO NOT WAIT!

Having survived two high category Hurricanes, I was not prepared the first time. I learned the hard way and I began preparing my EMKITS almost immediately. I also taught classes in Emergency Preparedness.

What people tend to forget is that EMKITS are not just for natural disasters, such as hurricanes or earthquakes. Fires can happen any time and the most popular emergency is... Loss of Job.

If you are prepared with food storage and EMKITS, you will fair better and be able to concentrate on the things that need your attention the most.

One Day at a Time

If you start now, today, you will suddenly realize that you will have your EMKITS put together and will feel very satisfied and also have that weight lifted from your shoulders.

Going through each of my Emergency Preparedness Hubs will guide you to concentrate on one area at a time. The next time you go shopping, by a couple of extra cans of tuna or fruit and put them in your kits. Don't forget to harvest anything you can around your home before spending lots of money. You will be very surprised on what you will find. And don't forget... GET THE FAMILY INVOLVED!

I presented my hub, “Getting Prepared in 2012” which started us on the way of creating our 72 Hr. Emergency kits. Your goal was to find or purchase a back pack for everyone in your household and label them correctly for easy visibility.

My second Hub, 72 Hr Emergency Kit- Fuel and Light focused on the three categories that each EMKIT should have. 1)ESSENTIALS 2)PERSONAL and 3) NON-ESSENTIALS. The first category we touched on was “ESSENTIALS” (Fuel and Light). A list of items was given in that hub to assist you in placing them in your EMKIT.


In this Hub, we will stay focused on the ESSENTIALS category in the area of “Equipment.”

It is very important that each EMKIT contain the items that are listed under “Equipment”. Trust me when I say, that everything listed will be used if an emergency arises.

Equipment List (Items can be added, but beware of items that you really don’t need, but think you need. The more you pack, the heavier your backpack becomes.

  • Can Opener (be sure it is the type that also has the bottle opener on one end)
  • Dishes/Utensils (bowl/salad size plate/mug (can be used for both hot and cold) knife, fork, spoon
  • Shovel (These are the camping shovels that are strong, solid and sturdy and only about 2-2 1/2' tall)
  • Radio with appropriate batteries (I prefer solar radios, but there are many out on the market that are really good)
  • Pen and Paper (I either use index cards or a 4 x 7 tablet. Much easier to pack)
  • Axe
  • Pocket knife
  • Rope (at least 20 ft)
  • Duct Tape

Quality and Reliability a Must

Again, I like to bag my items in a gallon zip lock bag to keep them contained within the backpack and you never know when you might need to use one of the bags.

There are a couple of items I would not skimp on by paying for the cheapest, unless you can get a good deal on them, and that is the solar radio, axe, and pocket knife. A good radio is very important that you are able to hear any form of communications during an emergency. The axe and pocket knife are a given. You need to rely on a good sharp blade that will not dull after two uses and are sturdy and strong for multiple usages.

WOW! We are well on our way to getting our EMKIT put together. I hope you are as enthusiastic about this as I am. It’s such a comforted feeling to know that I am getting myself and my family prepared!

Your challenge for this week: EQUIPMENT

Good Luck and have fun!



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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 5 years ago from California

      So true Vinaya! Thank you visiting this hub. It's a very important part of who I am. :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      We don't what is going to happen next so me must be prepared for inevitable.

      Thanks for this useful article.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      My Pleasure! I appreciate your visit and your comments.

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      freelanceauthor 5 years ago

      Nice tips. Voted up and useful. Thanks for sharing this information

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      L.L. Woodard - That is a perfect place to keep your EMKITS. It makes me really joyful when I hear others who have their kits all prepared. Thank you for your comment.



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      L.L. Woodard 6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      There is comfort in being prepared for an emergency. Before the winter driving season I prepare a kit for each of the family vehicles. Hopefully we won't need to use them, but we can drive in the cold weather without being quite as anxious as we would be without the kits.