Recycle and Be Frugal
To take certain measures against a time which might require 72 hour kits or a store of dry foods for a long period, you might want to consider what you are potentially up against. On a small scale the common crisis in our country is unemployment and a home foreclosure. Granted if the money is not there for a mortgage payment how can it supply the needs of an emergency plan?
For water storage consider recycling plastic containers. Sterilize and fill them with water from a trusted filter source. The water machines in town run about 25 cents a gallon at the moment. Pinch pennies the best you can to get those extra bags of rice, flour, or beans, pasta, cans of tuna. Even simple gathering is better than having nothing at all.
Extreme Food and Survival Storage
I have a friend that is very proud of all of the survival gear they have accumulated. I still don't understand how it's going to help if they leave it behind. A small weekend camping trip almost filled two cars BEFORE the ice chest and camp food went in.
Plan ahead clearly.
Test your bug out kit for function and weight. Can you can carry it for a long walk or hike if you had to? I have chosen smaller, lightweight items to pack in my survival bag so that I may have more room for the really important goods. My priority? Supporting my nutritional needs.