Earthquake kits

The Need for an Earthquake Kit

Earthquakes can happen all over the world; all there needs to be is a fault line. The lack of earthquakes along a very prominent fault line, like the one in New York, causes much confusion in the science world. It is for this reason that scientists have been studying the causes of earthquakes for many years. Although scientists continue to research they are still unable to predict where or when an earthquake will occur.

Due to the fact that scientists are still unable to predict when an earthquake will occur, it is a good idea to always have an emergency earthquake kit prepared in an easily assessable place. This kit will come in handy if an earthquake creates a lot of destruction, causes the loss of power, and/or causes a disruption in your daily life.

There are many different opinions as to what should go into an earthquake kit, but most are able to agree on a few of the basics. You will be able to make your own earthquake kit or you will be able to purchase one. Most choose to make their own as to ensure that there is everything that they need and want in the kit.

If you have decided to make your own earthquake kit you will need to plan for 72 hours of the worst case scenario. This could mean no food, no power, and no water. A human can live without out food for some time, but can only survive without water for about three to five days depending on conditions. It is for this reason that experts tell you to have one gallon of water, for each person, a day.

The second most important item to have in your earthquake kit is food. Food should be ready to eat with little preparationwhenever possible and should require very little water to prepare. Most often people choose to use canned goods and other nonperishable items to ensure that their food does not go bad easily. If you do have canned goods in your earthquake kit you will want to pack a can opener.

All other supplies in your earthquake kit are important, but you will be able to survive without them. Some other items to pack in your kit are flashlights, batteries, first aid kit, radio, warm clothes, etc… All items that can be ruined if it were to get wet should be in a water proof bag.

References:

http://www.curiosityaroused.com/health/how-long-can-you-live-without-water/

http://72hours.org/build_kit.html

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/kids/eqscience.php