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Better Safe Than Sorry

by TerriAnn

Here in California, one thing usually taken too lightly is the threat of earthquakes. There used to be a commercial about California cows and when they felt the ground shake, they nonchalantly said, “Fooooootttt massssaaaaggee!” Then, back in the day, I also remember people going around wearing shirts that read “I survived the quake of ’89”. Such things are not funny though.

Over twenty years later, many things have changed. Natural disasters are happening all over, even in places previous unaffected. In fact, my husband and I were just talking about putting together a supply kit just in case. It’s probably easier to pick up a pre-assembled one but, cost-wise, it makes more sense for us to buy emergency food and other supplies separately then stick them all in a backpack (our local warehouse store had them in a backpack – great idea).

Disaster preparedness emergency kit

Aside from first-aid supplies, blankets, flashlights, and radios, the most important item we’ll need to pick up is some survival food to last us a few days and some kind of durable food storage. Also, one commercially sold kit I saw included some coloring books and activities for children. As my daughter is older we probably won’t need those but, who knows, maybe I’ll need them to retain sanity depending on the situation we might find ourselves in.

Do you have a disaster emergency prepared? What do you have in it and where is it kept?

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Jeri December 9, 2011 - 8:54 am

We don’t have one but talk about it constantly. Since we have three dogs and one cat our constant debate is what to do for them. We feel pretty prepared in that I’ve had survival training, we have extreme camping gear and I have water purification kits and enough charcoal and iodine to take a mud puddle and make it drinkable for all of us and can find enough fruit and meat in the area for us to eat. But what if we have to evacuate? How do we move all of this in two small cars along with a kid, three dogs and a cat. It’s something we definitely need to think about and plan for!

Cookies & Clogs December 9, 2011 - 9:01 am

Well, if your house is still standing, I know who to go to in case we’re not prepared enough 😛 Maybe you can have a ‘essentials’ version for the cars.

Jeri December 12, 2011 - 12:29 pm

You’re welcome here if we’re still standing… thing is we’ve already got major cracks in the living room and kitchen without the big earthquake!! 🙁 Hence the camping supplies… hopefully our backyard is intact even if the house isn’t. That’s what we’ve been trying to figure out re: what we need for the car and for the pets. It’s no easy task but you make a great point regarding thinking ahead and not waiting until the worst happens.

Allie February 3, 2012 - 12:51 pm


My daughter just turned in today a sample box of what our family needs in case of an earthquake. It was actually really cute. She had mini blankets, clothes and food. I hope she learned what is needed. I talk about what to do in case of and I hope my kids listen but I like that the school backs me up.


Cookies & Clogs February 3, 2012 - 2:08 pm

That’s a great idea for a project. It looks like she might be a great helper as you put together the real one for your family!

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