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Emergency Preparedness:Adding Supplies, Medication,Documents, and Money to Your 72 Hour Emkit

Updated on January 19, 2013

Prepare Yourselves and Your Family: Wake Up and Smell the Emergency!

It seems as if every time I turn on the news, there is some form of a disaster that has just occured, natural or manmade.

Whether it is close to home or across the world, it always hurts me to see how many people are affected because of their current conditions. Now granted, we can’t always predict how the outcome will be or if we would be able to have access to our emergency kits, or water, or important documents. But wouldn’t it make us feel so much better with the knowledge of knowing that we have taken every precaution possible which included some form of Emergency Kit to help us get through a disaster?

I have said this before in my previous Hubs on "emergency preparedness" that you do not need to have a "natural disaster" occur to require the need for an EMKIT.

I have had several people tell me the following so many times:

“I am so thankful I do not live in a tornado zone or near an ocean. I don’t need an Emergency Kit like most people do.”

“We don’t get earthquakes where we live!”

“We own our own company, so we don’t need to worry about ever being out of a job too long.”

“One day I’ll get around to it. We haven’t had anything happen to our neighborhood for years!”

All I have to say to those sweet people is this… WAKE UP!

Emergencies are not choosy!

As a gentle reminder, your EMKITS are not just designed for natural disasters.

Every person and household is different. We all live in different situations; some wealthy, some not so wealthy, natural disaster, fire, and flooding zones, work environments that can change without notice, and so much more.

Don’t ever take for granted that you are safe from any type of emergency.

No one.. and I mean NO ONE is immune to the fact that someday, somewhere, somehow, you will need your EMKIT and no amount of money will help you. “Earthquakes and floods do not recognize how much money you have in the bank.”

Having an EMKIT promotes two things: 1) Helps you to be prepared for an emergency, and
2) It gives you that feeling of relief to know that you and your loved ones are taken care of.
Just that knowledge alone is comforting to me!


In my first Hub, Getting Prepared in 2012, We talked about the importance of having an EMKIT and started you off by finding the right Backpack for each member of the family.

Then we found ourselves talking about the categories each EMKIT should have in our second Hub entitled 72 HR Emergency Kit (Fuel & Light), which are ESSENTIALS, PERSONAL, and NON-ESSENTIALS.

A quick overview of the categories are:

This category contains a list of items that EVERYONE will need no matter your gender or age.

Contains items that YOU will need as an individual for your personal needs, such as a prescription.

Items that 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.

We also added fuel and light to our Essentials Category in that hub.

In my next Hub, I brought to the table another important section in the Essentials Category: Equipment, which included everything necessary for outdoor use, cutting, burning,etc. and my recent Hub continued its focus on the Essentials Category and introduced you to the importance of proper clothing and bedding used in an EMKIT.

Making a List and Checking it Twice

In this Hub, we focus on the Personal Category which will be divided into two sections: Supplies/Medication & Documents/Money. Both which are very instrumental in having what you would need in any emergency.

Supplies and Medication needed:

First Aid Kit (Be sure to update it every 6 months. Replace any outdated items)

Toiletries: includes (roll of toilet paper—remove center tube to easily flatten into a zip-lock bag

Feminine hygiene
Folding brush or comb
Toothbrush and traveling size toothpaste

Cleaning Supplies: (mini hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, dish soap, etc.
**Warning-Scented soap might “flavor” food items.)

Bath towel/Hand towel/wash cloth
Hand wipes (they come in flattened containers for easy packing)

Over the Counter Medication :(Baby Aspirin, Ibuprofen, allergy pills)

Prescription medication and Children’s medication (for 1 week)
*All medications should be updated every six months

Adding Supplies, Medication,Documents, and Money to Your 72 Hour Emkit

Place the following in a water-sealed container:

Legal Documents ~ Wills, marriage/birth certificates, passports, contracts, and Insurance policies.

Vaccination Papers


Credit Card

Prepaid Phone Cards

Church documents



It's very easy to say, "someday I will get around to it" or "I don't know where to start."
The point is to take it in baby steps. That's the reason behind each of my hubs as they take each category one step at a time. Start with one category and check it off your list. The great feeling of knowing that you are that much closer to accomplishing your EMKIT will be very satisfying.

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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 4 years ago from California

      Thank you FlourishAnyway! I'm pleased that you find this hub helpful. It pleases me to know that you will be prepared! ♥

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Terrific list. I shall use this to update my kit. This was a fantastic hub with very useful information, as you never know when an emergency might strike!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      rose-the-planner... THANK YOU for acknowledging that. I read your comment after I responded to Kathryn and you took the words right out of my mouth! Again, so happy you are among those who understand the importance of emergency preparedness! Mahalo nui loa ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Dear Kathryn, Thank you so much for sharing that with me and for commenting on this hub. I am so passionate about emergency preparedness, having lived through 2 major hurricanes in Hawaii, the first not being prepared, learning from my mistakes to being fully prepared for myself and my family as well as being able to help those in need. It is very gratifying to me to know that others such as yourself see the importance of being prepared. You would be surprised at the many times I hear from those who say, "I don't live in a hurricane, earthquake, or tornado zone, so the need to have emergency packs is not as essential as other areas of the world!" I remind them with severity that emergencies doesn't just pertain to natural disasters, but to anything from fire, loss of work, flooding, and so much more. Thank you so much for your votes and shares. ♥

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      A great and useful article! I am sure there are way more people out there that are NOT prepared for any kind of emergency. I believe most individuals have the "it couldn't possibly happen to me" attitude. Thanks for sharing your valuable tips with us. (Voted up)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is a very handy list. I was actually just thinking about something like this the other night, when an alarm was blipping in our apartment. It turned out that the sensor needed to be replaced, so we didn't need to evacuate. But it was running through my mind that I don't have everything I need in one place. Fortunately, they're all in the same general area, but when an emergency strikes, you may not have a few minutes to gather everything up.

      My parents were flooded out of their apartment over a year ago, and they didn't have quite everything they needed. The complex they lived in told them they needed to get out, but assured them that they would be able to come back later on, and didn't need to take all of their valuables. Unfortunately, the situation was underestimated, and the flood waters went almost all of the way to the ceiling (the little waves even hit the ceiling), and they lost everything they left there. When that happened, I was aware that different emergencies can happen everywhere.

      Thank you for this useful article, and for reminding me of this important task I need to finish. I have just been going through all of my stuff, and organizing, so this would be a perfect time for me to prepare my own kit.

      It's funny, I used to have my own backpack filled with important stuff when I was a kid, just in case. It made me feel safe knowing that I could grab the most important items if something happened.

      Voted up and sharing.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Christy! I certainly appreciate the sharing because it is so important. You're the best! :)

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Great tips here Lisa, especially with the weather being crazy as it is this week. I vote up and sharing here as well as on Twitter. Take care.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      I never heard of that Kelly! That's awesome... and I LOVE honey. Thank you for that tip... When I get a moment.. I will add that to the list. Bless you my child! You are the best! :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Great job! And don't forget to pack plenty of honey, honey! It's a terrific natural remedy due to the fact that bacteria can't grow in it. While it should never be given to a baby under 18 mos? It can be terrific for putting on cuts to keep infection away and etc,!!

      Excellent can never be too prepared right?

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Vellur. If I can encourage even one person, I feel I have done my job! I taught emergency preparedness in Hawaii for several years and it became such a part of my life, I have developed a passion for it. That and developing your food supply storage! Thank you for your vote. :)

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub. You are saving many lives. After reading your hubs people will definitely have emergency supplies.Voted up.

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      Great advice, great hub!!!

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Thank you for such an extensive list of emergency items. I know I need to plan better for emergencies and I even fib to my Dad and tell him I am ready should something awful happen. (I tell him this with all good intentions of getting prepared while also trying to avoid a 45 minute lecture.) This week I will make a personal emergency kit.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      oh no! Not you too!! You be safe as well! Do what you can do, but be safe! :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Nice Lisa - I had to hurry and read this - tornadoes are predicted for my area (again!) lol I don't have a few things on your list that I know I will need! Thank you!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      My sweet Maria, You are truly an inspiration to me and I'm sure without a doubt to others as well! I can't tell you how much your positive spirit has touched me. Thank you for your confidence in me. It's people like you who I love to write for. Blessings my dear friend!


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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Oh gosh! Please be safe! My mom is in Tenn. and she's been telling me of all the warnings there as well!

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! :)

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I really like your survival Hubs and this was a great idea for giving people useful and practical advice. Funny! As I speak (or write in this case) there are bunches of tornado watches and warnings and they moving my way! I'm gonna grab Toto and head for the basement soon!

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Lisa,

      This is a fabulous service-oriented hub that is comprehensive and a wake-up call to everyone who takes the time to thoroughly read through the content.

      Although I am a new follower to your writing, I am very impressed by the heart and compassion you have shown in the pieces read so far. You are indeed a writer and I hope the positive and supportive comments you see before you are a strong reminder of that to you. I look forward to much more of your work!

      Voted UP & UAI. Hugs, Maria

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      That is wonderful to hear Judi Bee! EMKITS are so great to have because it gives you comfort that you have something to rely on in any emergency. I remember one year while I was still in Hawaii, we had a Tsunami warning. I closed my store and headed home (about a 45 minute drive). Half way home, near Kanapali beach, the police, for safety precautions, were directing us up to the base of the mountain through the sugarcane fields until the Tsunami passed. Fortunately, by the time it arrived to the shores, the tide was only about 2 feet, however, we were stranded up the mountain for 3 hours. I had food, water,and a crossword book to help pass the time.:)

      Thank you for the vote and comment!

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      Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

      Like Melovy, I tend to prepare very well when we go abroad but don't think about an emergency at home beyond having the usual stuff in the house, eg candles in case the electricity goes out.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thanks Linda! Yes we do! Glad you stopped by! :-)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      That is AWESOME Melovy. Sounds like you are well prepared. I'm happy this is useful for you! Way to Go!


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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent list Lisa!!! We know all to well about hurricanes!!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      I had never thought of having an emergency kit for in the house, though I always have everything we might need in hand baggage when travelling and we do have a first aid box and another in the car, and have various bits for emergencies in the car. We come close to flooding a couple of times, so this could well be useful. Thanks for the hub.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      My pleasure Cindy! Cheers! :-)

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      A great article Lisa, I am going to link to it on mine too. Thanks for including my link in your links section as well :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Very true! What is so cool is that you can download pictures and documents onto discs or flash keys which are very easy to pack (in a watertight container). Also a great idea to scan and save the documents, just in case the originals do get destroyed. Thanks for the votes and shares! :)

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      What wonderful advice and such a thorough list!! I almost have everything in one spot. The only thing I really wish I could preserve forever are my pictures. I need to scan them and have them saved. I know these are not essentials, but pictures are what most people wished they had preserved during the Joplin Tornado last year. VOTES and SHARES!! :-)