Earthquake Kits

By on July 10, 2014
Earthquake Kits

Always keep your earthquake kit up to date. Make a point of checking it twice a year. You can set two dates about six months apart and put it on your calendar as a recurring event. Food and water will probably need to be changed out as they can spoil in time.

For your house kit, it may be best to store supplies in a trash can with wheels. This makes it mobile in case you need to evacuate from your location. When storing your container, keep it in a cool dry place and raise it off the ground.

This will prevent any critters from trying to get in it. But always keep the lid on it and make sure the lid is tight. Everything in the container should be dated with the purchase date so that you can keep track of how old it is. Older purchases should be on top as those may be the items to change out first.

In general, below are some ideas as to how you’ll want to layer your plastic trash can.

The lower portion of your trash can should contain the following items:

  • Additional clothing
  • Extra shoes
  • Blankets
  • Diapers (if needed)
  • Toilet Tissue
  • Plastic bags (for collecting and disposing trash)
  • Small Towels
  • Tarp (shelter from rain)
  • Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (have at least a dozen for multiple uses)

The middle portion of your trash can should contain the following items:

  • Canned food
  • Can opener
  • Instant food
  • Water
  • Purification tablets

The top portion of your trash can should contain the following items:

  • First-aid kit
  • Portable radio – hand crank radio is best (no batteries)
  • Flashlights (at least two in case on breaks)
  • Batteries Magnesium Fire Starter

Here is a list of some additional supplies that you can keep in a separate location:

  •  Fire extinguisher
  • Spare eyeglasses
  • Work gloves
  • Hard hat
  • Tent or sleeping bad (can get both these products in mylar for convenient storage)
  • Ax or hammer
  • Crowbar
  • Rope
  • Extra batteries (keep in fridge for longer life)
  • Camping stove with charcoal or propane
  • Wrench to turn off gas and water

In case you are in your car during an earthquake, below is a list for a car kit:

  • Window breaker or auto glass breaker (in case car is forced off road into a body of water)
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Emergency Mylar Blankets
  • First-aid kit
  • Boots
  • Bottled water
  • Nonperishable food such as protein bars, dried fruits, crackers, beef jerky
  • Toilet tissue
  • Garbage bags
  • Canned food with can opener
  • Additional clothing

About Steve Conners

Steve has taught desert survival classes to both young and old. His tremendous amount of experience and knowledge have helped countless people all over the world.

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