For instance, imagine being fast asleep at 2am. In the darkness, your house starts shaking violently. Pictures fall and cabinets crash down onto the furniture. In 48 seconds its over, but you have no clue whats on the floor. The lights and electricity are out, the grid is down and all is eerily dark.
So where do you start? What kind of earthquake kit would you keep next to you? That’s where bedside bag come in. It’s right next to you and all you do is lean over, grab the bag and you take it from there.
Once you’ve read this post, you’ll know the key 7 items to get for earthquake supplies. And I’ll give you a specific example of each item as we go along.
If the water systems get trashed, then you may be heading to the nearest lake for water. And if you want to drink up quickly, then check out the UV SteriPen and the LifeStraw. These are drop dead simple to operate.
In the aftermath of an earthquake, you wont be going grocery shopping. Having lightweight food on hand will be critical. Freeze-dried stays fresh and keeps its color and aroma. An added benefit is that these types of food have a shelf life of seven to twenty five years. I don’t know if your bug out bag will last that long.
With the grid down, a simple radio and flashlight will be your first “go to” items. And if you can combine them into one unit, you’ll be in even better shape. Windups are even better because you eliminate batteries altogether.
Without question, FroggToggs have the best clothing for ultra lightweight bugging out. They are unique with their ultra light weight. The rain suit can serve as light clothing while you are recovering from the earthquake. Also, throw in some good lightweight leather gloves to protect your hands from infections, cuts, bacteria.
Check out Army wool blankets. These are self insulating, and can self extinguish in a fire. The fire resistance exists when the wool forms a “char layer” once ignited. This generally protects the rest of the blanket from completely burning. Army wool blankets are also static resistant which helps when the danger of a static electricity spark is present.
In an earthquake, bugging out is a possibility. If your home has been damaged, you might be forced out. Best to digitize your key documents so you can bring your documents with you in a password protected portable or USB drive.
In an earthquake, open gas lines are deadly. The Gas Shut Off Tool on Amazon is a Zinc-plated steel tool. It has light reflective tape for easy night identification. There’s also a zip tie to hang near your gas meter. It easily fits 1/2′ and 3/4′ valves.
You would think that all natural disasters need the same survival tools. That’s not true. These three questions will help you set your plan, prioritize and be ready at a moments notice.
The next step is to ask yourself which of these disasters are most common in your area. Now plan your kit for that disaster. Up until last year, we’d never had an earthquake in Virginia. There’s always a first time.