Greetings from the earthquake capital of the U.S. of A.! …Or at least that’s how the news has been making it sound over the last 24 hours. As everybody knows by now, the East coast experienced a rather unusual occurrence yesterday, an earthquake! As it turns out, the epicenter of the quake was only 40(ish) miles from our house. Aside from a few fallen picture frames, some furniture moving a few inches (including the couch and the guest bed), and a Mr. Potato Head walking his way off the shelf in my office, all is well here at the house. Ashley, Bentley and I are fine, too, if a bit shaken – no pun intended.
Okay, okay. Ashley here. Greg’s totally the “cool, calm, and collected” type. I for one, was totally freaked out. I was home at the time and as the rumbling progressed, my thought process went a little like this: That’s some deep thunder… that’s not thunder… an explosion?… tornado?!… but it’s bright and sunny… wow, it’s loud… OH MY GOODNESS, WE’RE HAVING AN EARTHQUAKE!?! Bentley started barking like crazy – the rumbling was making his paws come up off the floor! I yanked him up and went to the hallway to wait it out (I now know you’re supposed to go under a door frame!). The eeriest part was hearing things fall throughout the house. It only lasted about 30 seconds, but at the time it seemed longer. So, yeah, that was my earthquake experience here at the house. I’ll shut up and let Greg finish his post now. Sorry.
After this experience, we realized that we’re relatively unprepared for emergency situations. Therefore, I figured now would be a good time to post about emergency preparedness in the home. So, no, this isn’t a “pretty post” as Ash would call it. However, being prepared for the unexpected is something really important for every home (no matter where you are) and hopefully this will help everyone (including ourselves) get organized and be prepared if the unexpected happens.
Since we moved in the house, we’ve been collecting supplies for an “Emergency Box”:
Here’s the breakdown of what we’ve collected so far:
- 2 water filters
- Weather radio
- 4 masks (N59)
- Compact camping cooking kit
- 2 “wind up” flashlights
- 3 thermal blankets
- Battery Operated Lantern
- Manual Can Opener
- Tooth brushes & toothpaste
- Personal hygiene products
- 2 T-shirts (his & hers)
- Deodorant (his & hers)
- Eco-Balls (for washing clothes)
- 3 months worth of freeze-dried/”just add water” food for two (in a different container)
We’ve got a good start, but it’s nowhere near complete. Here’s what we need to add:
- Water (the CDC recommendation is 1 gallon per person for three weeks)
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Multipurpose tool
- Copies of important documents (proof of address, birth certificates, insurance policies, etc)
- Sanitation products
- Maps of the area
- Pet supplies (extra collar, leash, food, and collapsable bowl)
- Extra set of car keys & house keys
- Cell phone chargers
- Duct tape
- Blankets and/or sleeping bags
Sure, there is a lot more stuff you could add in there, and in this case, adding on is never a bad thing. Just make sure you cover all of the basics first (water, food, shelter, medical) and … Okay, let’s just start another list:
- Make sure everyone in your family knows where your box is.
- As you add things to the box, make sure you unwrap things like those ultra hard-to-open flashlights.
- Make sure your stash is movable (break it up into separate containers or bags if it gets too heavy).
- Clearly mark your “Emergency Box” so you don’t have to go searching for it if you need it quickly.
- If you’re a geek like me (or has a husband that is one) and think the zombie uprising is coming, you might want to include thick clothing (good to stop bites) and a minor arsenal. That was sarcasm. Fact: the CDC actually has a Zombie Apocalypse Prepardness page (check it out here).
Do you have an “Emergency Box” in your house? Have anything to add to the list? Share it with us in the comments section…
Earthquake map found here, check out the CDC Preparedness Kit Checklist for more preparedness information.