With the recent and devastating earthquake in Japan, many residents of earthquake-prone areas are wondering what they can do to prepare for a natural disaster closer to home.
As a southern Californian, it’s not uncommon to feel the ground quiver. In case of an earthquake, my roommate and I have created an Earthquake Survival Kit. We not only gathered essential items that would be helpful after the shock of an earthquake, but we also found a waterproof box to hold all the items that could get destroyed in case of flooding.
Several Gallons of Water
The LA Times suggests having a gallon of water per person per day in your earthquake survival kit. I don’t have any pets, but if you do, remember to include them as people in your water stash.
Water Purification Kit, cheesecloth
After an earthquake, we could be stuck in our apartment for hours, days, or even (in very rough cases) weeks. In case the gallons of water run out quicker than we think, a water purification system will ensure that our water is clean and safe. A cheesecloth will come in handy to strain water.
Canned Food (and a manual can opener)
Cans of fruits, veggies and soups will be helpful in the event of a natural disaster. If there’s no electricity, we’ll need a manual can opener to get to our food!
This magical item can fix lots of broken things! If a window breaks in the earthquake, we can cover it with fabric and duct tape.
It will be tough to see without power, so we made sure to tuck some candles and matches into our earthquake stash.
Paper, pens, envelopes, stamps
If my city is devastated by an earthquake, there’s likely to be little internet reception or phone reception. My mother will want to know that I’m safe, so having letter-writing capabilities could really come in handy.
Toilet paper, feminine products, toiletries
To be stuck in our apartment without these necessities would be excruciating.
If the power is out, there’s no way to use ATMs, and the grocery store won’t be able to take my debit card, credit card, or other credit card. Without electricity, cash is king.
How will I get anywhere without Google maps? I bought a local street map to make sure if a disaster strikes, I will at least be able to navigate around town.
We gathered some tools for a tool kit, including a hammer, nails, screwdrivers, wire cutters, an adjustable wrench, and pliers. If something is lightly damaged in the earthquake, there’s a good chance we can fix it with these few tools.
First Aid Kit
In case we’ve gotten some injuries in all the shaking and quaking, a first aid kid with bandages, antiseptic and antibiotic ointments, medicines, scissors, and tweezers will be essential to safety and damage control.
Finally, we got a few flashlights and extra batteries in case of a power outage.
Deck of Cards
A deck of cards can provide loads of entertainment when you’re stranded indoors.
Having books or magazines on hand will also provide entertainment. (Remember books? The things people read before the internet?)
We’ve got Scrabble, Clue, Monopoly and Life in the apartment. In case we’re stuck inside for days on end, we’ll at least have something to do.
Los Angeles Times: Preparing Your Earthquake Survival Kit