Let me help you decide
When God first led me to prepping I had never even heard of a 72 hour emergency kit. In fact, on my first trip to the store to stock up on food my daughter and I picked up close to a month's worth of food. God had given me (and my daughter) a "knowing" that something was coming and I would need LOTS of food in storage!
It was only after I started prepping that I heard of a 72 hour emergency kit. Don't get me wrong...72 hour emergency kits do have their purpose! For starters, they are excellent to have on hand in the case of a short term emergency such as: flooding, fire, tornado, hurricane, earthquake, or any other short term emergency. In fact, I think everyone should have one! The easiest way to begin prepping is to put together a 72 hour emergency kit. But, should a person stop there? Is that going to be enough? Well, it depends.
Lately, I've noticed that several prepper (and even survival) websites and Facebook groups are mainly focusing on the 72 hour emergency kit. Leading many to believe that this is all they will need for emergency preparedness. Ever. Our government agencies are really working hard to get this info out to the citizens as well; which is a good thing. However, last year (2018) there was a government report, Electromagnetic Defense Task Force 2018 Report, stating that there was a possibility that the electrical grid would go down across the nation and the citizens should be prepared for at least for six months or longer to be without power. The only result on the government's side that I've seen as a result of said report is the ramping up of emergency preparedness notifications and suggestions. Still only emphasizing the 72 hour emergency kit. No mention of needing to be ready for a longer amount of time.
If you truly believe that all you are ever going to need is a 72 hour emergency kit, and that kit will tide you over until government aid (FEMA) can kick in then yes, stop there. However, before you make that decision you should probably look into how effective the government's emergency aid has been in the last couple of decades. Take for example what happened after the devastating hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana in 2005. The levee broke in New Orleans causing a massive flood. Would a 72 hour emergency kit have sufficed in that situation? No. It took FEMA longer than the expected 72 hours to arrive on the scene with aid. In addition to FEMA being slow to respond, would you have wanted to have to try and survive in the make-shift FEMA camps? I say "try and survive" because there were many who did not survive those conditions. FEMA actually failed in not responding/arriving in timely manner to help and in being unable to provide for the massive amount of people affected by the hurricane and subsequent flooding.
More recently, in 2017 Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, wiping out pretty much the entire island. Once again, FEMA was late in responding, and in addition, once again could not adequately provide for those affected by the hurricane. It was originally reported that 64 people had died as a direct result of the hurricane. However, it was reported a year later that upwards of 3,290 additional people had died in the six months after the hurricane. A year after the hurricane hit many people were still suffering the after affects of the hurricane; many still without electricity.
In both of these incidents we see where FEMA failed...in a BIG way. What would happen if there was a nationwide catastrophic event? For instance, what if there was a nuclear EMP attack? Even if they were only able to hit major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, etc. The after affects would affect the entire nation. Would the FEMA that so many people are happy to rely upon be able to provide food and water for the entire nation? Would they be able to feed America for six months to a year, or even longer? Realistically, not even close!
So, you tell me...do you really think a 72 hour emergency kit is enough? Would it provide the necessary food and water your family would need in the case of an emergency? Small scale emergency, maybe. But, a big scale emergency? Something to think about.
It is my prayer that this blog article has helped you and/or your family to decide what the best prepping goals are for your particular situation. As for me and my family, we have chosen to listen to God's guidance and prompting, not man's. After all, in the days of Noah, the people were telling him he was crazy! But, he chose to listen to what God was telling him.
Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!
P.S. Still not sure? Here's a link to the American Red Cross Deluxe 3-Day Emergency Preparedness Kit that is shown in the photo at the top of this blog article. Take a moment to check it out and see what they think is needed for one person to survive for three days. Their price as of the date this article was written is $123.52.