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Emergency Preparedness:Getting Prepared for any Disaster

Updated on August 22, 2013

Back Packs that You Can Use for Your EMKITS

Examples of Back Packs for your 72 Hr. EMKITS
Examples of Back Packs for your 72 Hr. EMKITS | Source

Emergency Preparedness a Must!

I have always been a firm believer that we should always be prepared. Not necessarily for the worst, but for the challenging times we sometimes have to face. I admit that more often that not, I have thought, “How in the world will I ever be able to finish or accomplish what I have started?” This would pertain to anything in my life that required my time and energy. Whether it be finances, home projects, emergency and food supply, or…yes.,,. losing those unwanted pounds.

With all the topics I have running through my brain, there is one that stands out at this time as we face a new year with uncertainty. The economy is in horrible shape and we have new elections upon us with the fear of more of our hard earned money being evaporated.

It is so important that we prepare our homes and our finances so that we can live without a great deal of fear. But, how do we do this?


Doing it Together!

Before I go on, there is one thing I want to stipulate. I’m no expert, nor do I pretend to have all the answers. Heck.. even I need to start evaluating where I am at right now and change things up a bit. But there is one area that I have experience in and that is food storage and home preparedness. My hubs on this subject will consist of ideas from myself as well as those who would like to share. There are many wonderful sites that are very informative and very beneficial to this cause.
The whole purpose in emergency preparedness is to do it TOGETHER with friends and family.....and have fun doing it! We are taught that we should have emergency supplies, food, water, etc. for when the BIG EARTHQUAKE or HURRICANE or FLOODING hits.

Having lived through two hurricanes and a few earthquakes myself, I do know what it is to be prepared. What about the other unknown forces? Unemployment! Sickness! Fire! Theft! Inflation! No Fuel! There are so many factors in being prepared.
We must think outside the box and remember, that the extra food you have stored in your pantry or basement, may be needed for the two months mom or dad has been laid off of work.

This hub is going to be special for me because not only am I going to help you prepare for emergencies, I’m going to replenish and revamp my home as well. We’ll do it together and learn from each other as well.

Uh-Oh... here comes that question again!… How will I ever accomplish this?? Don’t worry! A baby needs milk before the meat. Therefore, we will be taking baby steps and making sure (we) set our goals and KEEP THEM! We are going to set weekly goals and then hopefully report and share back with one another to see how our progress is going. The most important thing we as individuals will need at any given time is a…… 3 DAY EMERGENCY KIT!

These kits are designed for you when you have to leave the house at that last minute with no time to pack! How comforting it will be to know that all you have to do is grab your pack (and a few other essentials we will talk about in Hubs-to-come) and leave quickly and safely and know that you and your family members are safe and together!
There are many wonderful kits out there. From the least expensive to the VERY inexpensive.
If you have the funds to go out and buy a kit.. go for it. If not, don’t worry, you will have the opportunity to create an EMKIT to suit each person in your family. That’s the beauty of designing your own EMKIT. Everyone has certain needs, and you will be able to accommodate those needs as you create your EMKITS.
But, one thing is for certain.. whether your RICH or NOT SO RICH.. EVERYONE, and I mean EVERYONE will need an EMKIT at least once in their life.


Let's Get Started!

Ok. are you ready to get started?

The first items you will need to buy (if you don’t already have them) are BACK PACKS for each member in your household. You do not want the small ones (purse size) you need a good hefty size that can carry about 30-40 pounds. I like to have pockets all over the outside for the smaller things (such as a sewing kit or flashlight). The first thing you will want to do is identify each person’s backpack. Everyone has their own preference. A couple of ideas would include: (If you have any ideas PLEASE SHARE!)

  1. Write FULL name in block letters on one of the backpack straps (be sure to use permanent marker)
  2. Attach a completely filled out luggage tag to the backpack (since the tags can sometimes be easily removed, I prefer #1 but usually do both!)
  3. I also like to have a "token identifier" such as a chain with a charm attached or multi-colored PomPom that is easily made. (Kids love to make these and they are so easy!)

Labeling each backpack makes it easier to identify when grabbing the packs in an emergency as well as making sure the correct items you purchase for specific needs go into the correct pack. Labeling also helps others identify your pack if you become hurt or missing.
You can also buy a different color for each person. (Kids like to choose their own color. This is a great way to get them involved!)

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Now this is your challenge for the next two weeks! Purchase or find around the house a back pack for every member of your household. Remember that you do not need to spend a fortune on back packs. Take a family trip tot he thrift store or search for stores with sales on back packs. Be sure to check out eBay and Amazon for deals!

Don’t forget to let me know how you are doing!

Elizabeth Rayen
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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 5 years ago from California

      Thank you teaches! The labels work really well. I'm really happy you are going to act on it. Good for you! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I need to get one of these. I have been thinking about it too long now, must act! Great idea with the labels.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Linda!

      I appreciate your support and comments. ALl the best to you as well! :)

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      Linda Compton 6 years ago from The Land of Enchantment

      Hi Rusticliving,

      Great hub! Its always so encouraging to see individuals who are aware and so willing to help others. Your assessment is right on. I moved from CA to off-grid in NM. I, too, want to be part of the solution. Thank you for your insights and practical guidance. Linda

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      I'm so glad you made it back Epi. I hope you sleep well tonight and greet the day with your wonderful self once again. Sleep well my new friend!

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ...well Lisa as fate would have it - I turned back after 20 minutes after a rotten drive through slush and wet snow on the back roads and then I drove over someone else's wheel bearing left behind in the middle of the dark road covered by snow and slush and it made enough of a bloody noise underneath that I said that's it I'm turning back - something is telling me to do so - I will have the mechanic check underneath tomorrow and I came back safe and sound at 10:40pm and watched a great movie on dvd called Gone Baby Gone and then had a glass of red wine and listened to Sinead O'Connor sing reggae and now it's 3:43am - thanks for caring - you're just like your mum - a real sweetheart!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      ...wondering if you decided to make that drive to work. If you did, I pray you reached your destination safe and sound!

      Thank you Epi. It has been a pleasure and I'm so thankful that Mom pointed me in your direction. May your evening be peaceful and full of starlight!



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      epigramman 6 years ago

      .....well I certainly wasn't prepared to meet the lovely daughter of the exquisite Vocal Coach but miracles do happen and you are such an amazing person and writer yourself - sending you warm wishes and good energy on this rather snowy night by the lake - contemplating about going into work later tonight (it's a hour commute one way) as it's a treacherous drive when the rain changes to snow and makes driving very slippery - will take a nap for a hour and then make my decision when I get up - currently lake erie time 7:22pm

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      Sheila Brown 6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Another great hub! I just read the one on de-cluttering your home, good also. You sound like a very "got it together" person. I look forward to reading more of your hubs. Voted this up, useful and following you. Good luck here at Hubpages, I think you will like it! :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California


      That is a perfect place to keep it! And, you're right, it does give one "peace of mind". I'm proud of you!


      Lisa~Rustic Living

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      Rebecca Mealey 6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Good advice for all. I got a 3 day emergency kit for Christmas last year. I keep it in my car. It gives me some peace of mind!

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      You are so welcome!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      Awesome! Will check on that one. Thank you so much!

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      I have been using an excalibur for about 10 years and I really like it. I'm not sure how much they cost, and not sure what you would consider to be expensive, but I have been very pleased with mine, and have not had any problems with it in all these years.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      Thank you HSB! I love drying fruits and jerky as well. I'm actually looking for a really good dehydrater that isn't too expensive. The one I have tends to dry too fast therefore making the fruit, etc stick to the grill. Any suggestions?

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      Rusticliving - Welcome to hubpages. So happy to have you here with us. It truly is a great place to be.

      I have been getting supplies that can be easily packed and used, such as dried beans and rice. I have been drying fruits and veggies, and making jerky. Great hub.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      Thanks so much Vocal Coach and Daniella. I'm really excited about this new venture I've decided to take on. I'm learning so much, so fast. I appreciate any tips on becoming a good writer. Blessings!


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      Danielle Lopez 6 years ago from Spain

      I too loved the idea about labeling the backpacks. Very informative hub. Voted up! Also, welcome to Hubpages! :D

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      rusticliving ~ What an awesome and informative hub on getting prepared for emergencies! You have listed several suggestions that I have not thought about. We all need to take responsibility for getting ready for emergencies. It's easy to think that nothing destructive will ever happen to us. But it can - and it does.

      Thank you for taking the time to put this altogether. Very helpful and rated up! A big welcome to Hubpages!


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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      Thank you! It really does help to see the straps before the tag. Especially when you are in a hurry.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I like the idea of labeling the backpacks -- avoids a lot of confusion. Voting this Up and Useful.


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