It’s been a little scary lately with all of these large earthquakes happening all over the world. It’s times like these that I think about what it will be like if the “big one” strikes here. It also helps me to realize that I need to look at earthquake emergency kits and either buy one or make one for our family.
There are two reasons why I don’t already have an earthquake emergency kit ready to go. One, I am a procrastinator. I am one of those people who think “oh it won’t happen to me” and then get slapped with reality, when things do indeed happen to me. I feel like they’ve been predicting the “big one” forever and if it hasn’t hit by now, it probably won’t happen in my lifetime. How ridiculous is that?!
Secondly, the cost of putting a kit together can be a little high. You need about 3 days worth of food and water and for my family, that’s quite a bit of emergency supplies. We do have some water stored away, but I really don’t think it’s enough. And considering that water is probably the most important part of a kit like this, I should probably fix that really soon.
If a pre-made earthquake kit is not in your budget, you can actually put together your own supplies. At minimum, you’re going to need non-perishable food, water, and a first aid kit. Some extra things to consider are a flashlight, thermal blankets, ponchos and other items to protect you and your family from the elements.
And remember, just because you don’t live in an earthquake area doesn’t mean you are safe. Earthquakes have been striking some strange places that haven’t had any seismic activity in the past. And a kit like this can also work for those who are in areas prone to hurricanes, tornadoes and floods as well.
So, although I’ve procrastinated long enough, I think it’s time to take action. I’m going to make sure my family has the supplies they will need in the event of an emergency and that will be one less thing I have to fret over.