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Emergency Preparedness: How to Add the Important Non-Essentials to Your 72 Hr. Emkit

Updated on January 15, 2013
72 Hr Emergency Kit: Non-Essentials
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The Importance of the NON-ESSENTIALS

This next segment of how to prepare your 72 Hr Emergency Kit (EMKIT) is focused on the category, "Non-Essentials."
Now, even though it is categorized as Non-Essentials, this category can be very important to you and to each of your family members during an emergency, particularly if you have small children.

The Calm Before, During, and After the Storm

The non-essential category in my opinion is vital to any EMKIT.
Going through a natural disaster is terrifying enough, but what you have to deal with afterwards is when your EMKIT will be needed the most.

I think the reason this category was referred to as the "non-essentials" to begin with is that the items on this list don't have any life-saving ability such as bandages or nourishment, or tent building features, etc. So in reality, they could essentially be left out of the backpack if needed and the only reason I could think of if this was to happen would be because there was no room in the backpack to fit the items in the first place. My answer to this... get a BIGGER backpack! There! Done!

Confusion, stress, and emotions can escalate after any disaster. It is very important to remember to include stress-free items that will create distractions in a positive form to keep everyone calm.

Children are the hardest because they don't understand what's going on. They have no clue why mommy and daddy are yelling or crying or why everyone else is screaming or arguing, etc. Their house is gone, or they may be separated for a time from family. Anything can happen. However, if you can keep your children calm, it will make it so much easier for you to handle the adult situations as they come and in turn will help keep everyone calm and focused.

Children are not the only ones that need a deterrence from the stress. Young teenagers and yes, you need to admit it, even you as parents need some stress relief. This will allow you to think better and see things clearer when accomplishing the tasks you set out to do.

Below are a few suggested items that each member can place in their EMKIT to help with stress-relief. These are only suggestions. You know your family members better than anyone and you will add items that are the most beneficial for you and your family.

Stress Release Items for Every Member of the Family

Adults
Teenagers
Children
Infants
Book to Read
Book to read
Book to read
Pacifier
Word games
Word Games
Word Games
Teething ring
Chocolate Bars
Chocolate Bars
Chocolate Bars
two bottles
Granola and/or Nuts
Granola and/or Nuts
Granola and/or Nuts
rattles
Gum
Gum
Gum
Soft music toy
Cards
Cards
Cards
favorite blanket or animal
Pen and tablet
Pen and tablet
Coloring Book and Crayons
Baby Bisquits
Journal
Journal
Sticker Book
 
 
 
Favorite Doll or Stuffed Animal
 
Stress Release Items for Everyone in the Family

Covering all the Areas of your EMKITS

We have covered just about every area in creating your 72 Hr Emergency Kit for you and each family member.

The following Hubs focus on one particular area to help you ease into making an EMKIT so it isn't so overwhelming both financial and emotional.

I have had a lot of wonderful responses from those of you who have put together your EMKITS as well as give additional tips for creating an EMKIT. All worth while and fabulous to keep on hand!

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Getting Prepared in 2012 focuses on buying or finding a backpack for each member of your household and labeling them properly for easy access.

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72 Hr Emergency Kit- Fuel & Light focuses on putting together your fuel and lighting source as well as a good radio for communications. Alocsin added a wonderful suggestion that after you create your EMKIT, to put in all in a portable container so it is easy to take with you in an emergengy. I have mine in a plastic tote attached to a mini-handcart!

72 Hr Emergency Kit- Bedding & Clothing discusses the essential clothing and bedding needs for each person. Tirelesstraveler mentioned that one great source of water is your water heater. 40-50 gallons will go a long way when there is no water supply.

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72 Hr Emergency Kit - Essentials: Equipment focuses on the correct equipment needed for any emergency. From utensils to rope to duct tape, it is so vital that we have the right equipment to assist us when we need it. L.L. Woodard states that before every winter season, they prepare an EMKIT for each of their family cars. This allows them to drive anywhere with a lot less worry if something should happen.

72 Hr EMKIT : Essentials
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Let's recap the previous Hubs on your 72 Hr EMKIT:

  1. 72 Hr Emergency Kit - Personal: Supplies, Medication, Documents, and Money gives you a list of all the essential items needed for your personal use. Hygiene, medications, documents and cash reserve. Sholland10 shared that she wished she could preserve photos forever. She suggested that she would scan her pics and save them to discs. Another option is to save them to a flash drive wish is easier to pack in small places.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you billybuc. Having taught the subject yourself, I appreciate your comments. :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      hahaha audra! I love you!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Oh I agree RTalloni! Everyone has so many wonderful ideas and can be helpful to all areas. :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      I LOVE that idea of having extra seeds. BRILLIANT idea tlpoague! Thank you so much for your comment! :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      You are so welcome Susan! I know I feel more at ease when I'm prepared. I would miss my pictures too. I also had a thought to scan my insurance documents and important papers as well.. just in case.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      hmmm I slightly recall my mother having the same issue.LOL Do you still have all your twist ties? I used to use the heck out of them, but now they are not so common. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A hub with value!!!! Well-worth reading and excellent job of presenting important material.

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      I need someone like you to organize my life!!! Well done!!! Voted up and up and...

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Good input re emergency kits. Non-emergency items surely can help a difficult situation. It would be good to check on the comments here to see what others might add to such a backpack.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from USA

      Terrific hub! Since we do so much camping, most of my stuff is already packed. This was something we learned as children before we knew about needing survival kits. Having extra seeds on hand is also something to add to your kits if you haven't. This way you can grow a garden whether it is in homemade pots or in the ground. Great job! Voted up!

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Lisa, this is great. Having a bag of things to make life more comfortable and to give us peace of mind is a fantastic idea. Also, thanks for the mention. I would miss my pictures. :-) Votes and shares!

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      I've had my kit for two years, ever since I started compulsively saving twist ties and chiding myself over this apparent OCD activity. Then one day my sister came to visit, opened my kitchen drawer, saw the twist ties and told me she also had the compulsion to save them.