Earthquakes can occur at any moment of any day and if in case you haven’t heard the news, the United States is due for a big one! Being prepared should be on an ongoing basis, especially for people living in earthquake-prone areas. Having an up to date and accessible earthquake survival kit is crucial. Make sure you are replenishing your kit twice a year, including these 10 must have items:
It is vital to have a one-week supply of drinkable water for all of the household members, including your pets, for your earthquake survival kit. One gallon of water per day for everyday for each member is the general rule of thumb!
Food is a must. Have a one-week supply for all your household members in your earthquake kit. Consider including MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) in your food supply. MREs have very long shelf lives (3-5years), compact in size, and have nutritional value. Other good options are freeze-dried, dehydrated bulk food and canned goods! Don’t forget dried or canned pet food!
Utensils and Home Supplies
Can openers; cooking supplies and a Swiss Army knife are a vital part of any earthquake survival kit. Also, one must have a one-week supply of disposable utensils and paper goods, such as:
- Utensils- Knives, Forks and Spoons
- Tissue- Napkins, Toilet Paper and Paper Towels
- Paper cups for Hot and Cold Beverages
- Two kinds of Wet Wipes, Personal Use and Those Containing Bleach for Home-Cleaning
- Matches in Waterproof Pouch/ Fire Starter-Flint Rod
- Garbage Bags
- Personal Hygiene Items- Sanitary Napkins, Tampons, Diapers and Soap
- Oral hygiene supplies
- Dish Soap and Detergent
Water Purifier Tablets and Chlorine Bleach
One must be prepared if an earthquake occurs and contaminates your community’s water supply. Water purifier tablets will eliminate almost all of the deadly bacteria that are harmful to the body. As well as plain, unscented chlorine bleach with no additional cleaners can disinfect your questionable water with 16 drops added to one gallon. Use a clean eyedropper for this purpose.
Medications and Medical Supplies
It is important to have at least a one-week’s supply of over-the-counter medicine and prescriptions for each family member. Store these in a waterproof-sealed bags and pay attention to the expiration date of each medicine. It would be a good idea to keep an extra pair of prescription eye glasses in your earthquake survival kit! Another important product to have is a fully complete first aid kit.
Fire Extinguisher and Tools
Having tools in your earthquake kit can come in handy. Using wrenches to turn off pipes around your house and your community. Also, have an extra fire extinguisher for your kit might just be a disaster preventer when an earthquake hits. Be prepared for anything.
Cash or Traveler’s Checks
An earthquake could disrupt ATM service, so it is important to have some emergency money in your earthquake survival kit. Have enough cash ($500-$1000) or traveler’s checks to purchase gas or more supplies.
Flashlight and Radio with Extra Batteries
To survive, one must be able to see and to communicate during a disaster. Having a flashlight and a radio with batteries is important to have in your earthquake kit. Cell phones and the Internet may become spotty or worse, inaccessible, so its good to have backup information.
Blankets and Sleeping Bags
Keeping a clean stock of blankets, pillows, and sleeping bags for each household member is smart to have in your earthquake survival kit; just in case your house is inaccessible to due damages from the earthquake or if needed to be evacuated.
Clothing and Towels
Each household member should have 2-3 changes of seasonal clothing and include sturdy waterproof boots/shoes, rain parkas/ponchos, and undies and towels.
Earthquakes cannot be prevented, however they are survivable, and Wearable Imaging knows the absolute best way to prepare is to create an earthquake kit. Wearable Imaging can help your business survive an earthquake with our promotional products.