So far, in the history of mankind, there hasn’t been a disaster as big as the great deluge. And if we can learn one thing from it, it’s just like how Howard Ruff said it, “It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” This eight-word sentence majors on this thing alone—PREPAREDNESS.
Taking about disasters, the earthquake is one of the most destructive. In the history of the United States of America, the most devastating by far is that of the 1964 Alaska earthquake, otherwise known as the Great Alaskan earthquake, a 9.4-magnitude megathrust quake that resulted to the death of 139 lives and a total damage equivalent to USD 311 million.
How prepared are you when an earthquake and a series of aftershocks hit your area? Will you be able to handle it? Are you prepared for the worst case scenario? Being caught dumbfounded is the least that you want to see yourself become. You need to be ready.
If you have the right kit in surviving an earthquake, you can increase your chance of survival and of overcoming its aftermath. Just as Petra Nemcova said, “We cannot stop natural disasters but we can arm ourselves with knowledge: so many lives wouldn’t have to be lost if there was enough disaster preparedness.”
Earthquakes, though may be partially predicted can occur any time of the year. And in an effort to let people know how to prep up for a disaster as this, a lot of agencies are continuously rallying about how to pack the most important items needed in case of an earthquake.
When packing an earthquake survival kit, there are several questions that needs to be attended to.
How much to pack. A lot of recommendations circulate as to how much emergency food and water needs to be stored. According to experts in this matter, it is wise to store water and food that can extend up to seven days.
How to store your supplies. In order to keep your supplies fresh and dry, you can use a huge container with a lid, like a 30-gallon trash can. In order to monitor the freshness of the perishables, make sure that you put labels as to the date the item was purchased and the date it expires. As much as possible, let the stored items have a shelf life of at least one year. Also, place the container in a cool and dry place. Make sure that it is also positioned where it is not leveled to the ground.
How to organize your supplies. Since you are using a huge container, it is encouraged that you section it into levels: bottom, middle, and top. This will make it easier for you to find the items you need when you need them. At the same time it will help you maximize the space.
For example, at the bottom, you can place the things that are least important like your blankets, some clothes, towels, dust mask, local map, etc. In the middle, you may want to put your food supplies: water, instant food, canned goods, and the like.
On the topmost part of the container, you might want to put in the things that may immediately be in need upon the occurrence of an earthquake: batteries, portable radio, flashlight, first aid kit, whistle, etc.
Here are some additional items that might be considered when packing an earthquake survival kit:
- Spare batteries
- Fire extinguisher
- Tent and sleeping bag
- Cooking equipment
- Work gloves, hard hat
- Wrench, ax, hammer, crowbar, rope
- Prescription medicine and glasses
- Pet food and water
- Important documents held in a waterproof container
- First aid book
- Extra clothes for cold weather climate
- Pen and paper