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According to a study published in the Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences, the number of earthquakes with a magnitude of 8.0 or higher has been increasing since 2004. Therefore, if you live in an earthquake prone area, it would be wise to have an emergency earthquake kit ready. If you have never prepared such a kit before, here are some of the vital necessities that you should include in the kit.
Food and Water
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) set of guidelines says that your earthquake preparedness kit should contain enough food and water to last for at least 72 hours. Of course, you should choose dehydrated foods that are easy to prepare. Some of the best foods to store include protein bars, powdered milk, dried rice, peanut butter, dried oatmeal, powdered eggs, dehydrated soups, beef cubes, powdered beans, and chicken bouillon cubes. Besides stocking bottled water, you should have enough supplies of water purification tablets or filters. Since you are likely to require plates and cutlery, you may want to include plastic plates, spoons, and forks in there.
In the event of an earthquake, individuals may get hurt. Injuries may range from open wounds to serious injuries, such as broken bones. As such, you should adequate medicine and first aid supplies such as sterile gauze, tweezers, aspirin, ibuprofen, bandages, iodine cleanser/betadine, and antidiarrheals. If you have medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, make sure you include the appropriate medications in your earthquake kit.
An earthquake can happen at any time of the year. If it happens during rainy season (in tropical countries) or the cold months of winter, you need to have heating equipment. These will provide warmth as well as help you cook food. Purchase portable stoves and waterproof matches. In addition, purchase a pot for boiling water and ample supplies of stove fuel.
Besides staying warm, you need to have a few communication gadgets including a mobile phone, spare batteries for your phone, and two-way radios. A solar charger for your phone is a good gadget to have, too.
Since earthquakes are usually unpredictable, it is wise to have a well-prepared earthquake kit ready at all times. Some of the items that you must have in your kit include medical supplies, cooking supplies, and communication gear. Make sure you have enough supplies to see you through the first 72 hours after an earthquake. For more information about preparing an earthquake emergency kit, click here.
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Note: This is a follow-up article to our previous post “Emergency Preparedness Tip: How to Create Your Own Emergency Kit“.
In the event that there is a natural disaster in your area, or some other form of emergency, it is crucial that you and your family be prepared for anything. You never know how long you will be without electricity, if the water lines will be damaged or disrupted, or if you will either be unable to leave your home or have to evacuate immediately. There are several items that are important for you to have in an emergency kit.
You may already be aware of many or all of these supplies that you should have on hand, but it is always good to have a list readily available, so that you do not forget anything. In general, a decent supply of water, foods that will not go bad, and first aid items are good to have. It would be helpful to have one or more kits ready-made, depending on the size of your family.
Why You Should Have an Emergency Kit Prepared
When it comes to your emergency supply kit, you will find that it is incredibly useful for having everything in one place. Stash it somewhere that is easily accessible, so that you can handle emergency situations quickly and without complications. The top supplies to have in your kit are the following: water; food; a few types of tools, such as a crowbar, bungee cords, hammer and nails, adjustable wrench, and staple gun; copy of your important documents and phone numbers; sleeping bag or a blanket; change of clothes and sturdy shoes for each family member; heavy work gloves; plates and other feeding accessories; special needs items, especially for children and seniors; prescription medications and the prescriptions; and a first aid kit with instructions, among several other items.
A “go kit” will vary slightly from the emergency kit, but many of these basic items should be included in it. Place this in your vehicle, if you have one, in the form of a backpack, duffel bag, or another type of easy to carry case. Put some type of I.D. on it, such as name and phone number and/or address, in case of it becoming lost in the midst of getting to a safe location.
Remember, the key to putting together an emergency supply kit is that the safety of you and your family should be above everything else. Leave unnecessary items out, so that you have all you need without an especially heavy load to carry. When you have prepared and made up a plan with your family, anxiety should be lessened when an emergency strikes.
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While you can purchase ready-made emergency kits, it is often more cost effective to build your own. You will not only save money, but the kit will be tailored to your specific needs, as well.
At its most basic, an emergency kit needs to keep you alive for 72 hours. A week, however, is a far better time frame and ensures that you have time to move out of the area if need be, or hole up to wait for help. Either way, building your own emergency kit is simple.
Every household should keep fresh water on hand. You’ll need one gallon for each person per day. If you’re planning for 3 days, then that’s 3 gallons per person. Don’t forget pets and include a little extra if you have an infant who will need formula.
While people cannot survive without water, food is not as necessary. You can live for weeks without it, but if you want to keep up your strength, it’s a good idea to have a good sized food supply.
Look for food that will not spoil quickly and which is easy to prepare without electricity or water. Canned foods are a common choice, but you can also opt for soups that do not require additional water. For the emergency foods, keep in mind that it may not be possible to get more water easily.
If you are adding food for more than a week, you can include items that require water, since it is likely that you will have to find a water source by then anyway. Freeze dried foods are easy to prepare and tend to be light, in case you need to leave and carry food with you.
In addition to the basics of food and water, every emergency kit should include a few basic items to help you in a disaster situation. These include:
• Flashlight and batteries
• Radio, preferably hand crank
• Space blankets
• Fire starting supplies
• Hygiene supplies (e.g. toilet paper, plastic bags, soap, toothbrushes, etc.)
• Work gloves, shovel, wrenches, etc. to remove debris and turn off gas, etc.
• Pet food, collars, and leashes
• Diapers and formula if needed
You will know best what is necessary in your family. If you have special dietary or health needs, then these should be addressed in the emergency kit, as well.