4 Survival Tips You Should Use Alongside Your Earthquake Emergency Kit
If you live in an earthquake prone area and you don’t have an emergency plan, you risk losing ”You”, your family and your possession in the event of a serous hit. In the U.S for example, California is one state most prone to earthquakes. But there are other areas prone to earthquakes as well. Geologists and seismologists predict a 97% chance of a major hit in the new Madrid seismic zone of central America namely Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri and Kentucky between now and 2035. Unfortunately, studies show that 40 percent of individuals living in earthquake prone areas don’t have a family emergency plan.
But during a major earthquake, you’ll hear a rumbling or roaring sound that gradually grows louder. But you may also feel a rolling sensation that starts out in a gentle manner and within 2 or 3 seconds, grows violent. Sometimes you may even be jarred by a violent object. Seconds later, it may be shaking to the point that you lose balance and you’re not able to move from one place to the other.
Don’t think that you’ll survive by chance or luck. The real key to survival is through planning, preparing or practicing what you and your loved ones will do in the event that it happens. One way of preparing adequately for such an occurrence is by having an earthquake emergency kit handy.
If you’ve never experienced one, you might never know what it means to encounter one. However, for those who know what it is, the following points might be helpful to add to whatever you already have.
1 Purchase an all-in-one earthquake emergency kit
Not only will it save you time, but it’s also convenient. Most of these kits have a capacity to accommodate 2 people, depending on how the package has been designed. They have enough food supplies (food bars), emergency blankets, water, first aid kit etc. A good kit should take you for at least 3 days.
2 Find extra water and food
An earthquake emergency kit should act as your starting point. Depending on your family’s needs, you may want to tag along extra supplies of essentials. For example, many of these kits don’t have enough water, and an adult needs 1 gallon of water on a daily basis. But this is just for an average person–older people, nursing mothers or those living in hot climates may require more drinking water. Because your emergency plan should cover at least 3 days of potential outage, it would be a good idea to load your reserves with extra water. Bottled water is often labeled with the expiry date on the outside of the package, but this is often for stock keeping purposes. As long as the bottle stays sealed, the water has an indefinite shelf life. In fact FDA says that this water may taste a little bit off, but it’s safe to consume.
Flashlights get lost very easily, especially smaller ones. So buy several of these and everyone in the house should have one on their bedsides. LED flashlights are portable and inexpensive, so invest in several of these.
4 Store multiple emergency kits in different places
The last thing you’d want to do when an earthquake strikes is waste time looking for your emergency kit. Collect all the things you may need and keep in a secluded place, in a backpack. But sometimes it might strike when you are not home, or worse still, the kit may be unreachable, so it’s important that you keep some in the car and at work.
Being prepared means having basic things handy. It could mean the difference between someone who dies of thirst and someone who survives because they had an extra bottle of water to quench their thirst.