If you happen to live in an area prone to any level of seismic activity, it’s important that you have an earthquake kit in your house
or in your car so that you’ll have access to ready supplies.
Even if you don’t live in an area that is prone to earthquakes, it is advisable that you assemble a basic disaster survival kit to be used in case of tornadoes or other natural disasters/emergencies.
Ideally, your earthquake kit should contain enough supplies for you and your family to survive for a period of up to three days. Beyond the basic considerations of food and water that are necessary for survival, you will also need a few additional items to help you make it through the aftermath of an earthquake.
One of the first things that you’ll need is some sort of light source in case power is lost in your neighborhood.
You’ll want to make sure that your light will work when needed, your best bet is to choose an LED flashlight or lantern since they have a drastically reduced energy usage and will keep a charge longer in storage than most standard flashlights.
Test any LED flashlight that you have every few months to make sure that it still works, and if you’re using an LED lantern that has multiple lighting modes then you should take the time to test every one of its modes.
Another essential piece of equipment is a multipurpose tool that has knife blades, pliers, screwdrivers, saw blades and can openers. Make sure to store your multipurpose tool with your LED lantern or LED flashlights so that you can find it quickly once you’ve located your light source.
A multipurpose tool is essential after an earthquake because in an emergency you never know what you might have to put up with.
Your earthquake kit should also incorporate a fully-stocked first aid bag so that any potential injuries that might have occurred during the earthquake can be tended to immediately.
Make sure to have have common items such as blankets, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer with your first aid kit so that basic needs are covered and provide warmth and sanitation for anyone who is suffering from shock as well.
Other useful things to include in your earthquake kit include enough money or traveler’s checks to be able to meet any monetary needs that you might have in case the banks are closed due to the earthquake.
You should also make copies of any important documents that you don’t want to be lost or damaged in an earthquake, as well as clean clothes for both warm and cold weather so that you and your family won’t have to wear the same clothes for several days in a row.
Also, check the expiration dates on any food or medicine that you keep in your earthquake kit, and replace any stored water that you have every few months. This will prevent anyone from getting stomach upsets due to expired food or stale water.
Preparing an earthquake kit i should be done as a family to ensure that everyone knows how to use the items inside and where to find it if an earthquake occurs. Being prepared for a disaster is essential in an uncertain world.
Also watch this video below, I came across this while putting this topic together and it is a very comprehensive video on how to put an earthquake kit together for the home. I hope you find it useful.
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