Science Technology Do You Have an Emergency Backpack? It May Be Time to Make One By Lloyd Alter Design Editor University of Toronto Lloyd Alter is Design Editor for Treehugger and teaches Sustainable Design at Ryerson University in Toronto. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Lloyd Alter Updated October 11, 2018 Promo image. Shelter Box Share Twitter Pinterest Email Science Space Natural Science Technology Agriculture Energy Migrated Image Everybody is talking about the big hurricane that might hit the East Coast, but not everyone is prepared for emergencies. On the west coast, tech editor Jaymi is prepared for anything. She packs everything from crowbars to playing cards. She ends her post in TreeHugger style: The time you spend packing your bag can be the best way to make it have the lowest impact, now and during a disaster. Search out products and supplies that are organic, made of natural materials where appropriate and practical, and other steps to make it as low-footprint as possible. After all, in a disaster there are already enough eco-problems to deal with -- why let our emergency kits be part of the problem?More in TreeHugger: Deconstructing the Emergency Bag: Packing a Kit Is Tougher Than It Looks Promo image. Shelter Box Shelter Box/Promo image Jaymi also looks at the very cool company ShelterBox which has created extraordinarily well-thought out emergency kits. ShelterBox Kits Bound for Japan Show What You Should Pack for Emergencies Diginfo/Video screen capture Then there is always the shopping bag that turns into an emergency helmet. Very useful.