MAKE A PERSONAL EARTHQUAKE SURVIVAL KIT FOR EMERGENCIES
Unlike many other natural calamities, earthquakes strike with absolutely no warning. It all comes down to preparedness and luck during these challenging times. While we can really do nothing about luck, we can always give ourselves the best chance at survival. The following are a few factors you must keep in mind if you are looking to make a personal earthquake survival kit.
Your kit should have food supplies to take care of at least for one day. The same applies to each member of your family. If your home is destroyed and you have nowhere to go, food and water supplies are going to be short in the entire area. Disease and infection may also become a problem so it is necessary to have pure drinking water and good food.
A few of the following items can be included in your earthquake survival kit: powdered milk, dehydrated soup, protein bars, dried rice, dried oatmeal, powdered eggs, beer/chicken bullion cubes, bottle water, water filters or purification tablets, peanut butter, plastic bowls, spoons, forks, plates and glasses.
If food supplies are scarce for a longer time, you must also be prepared with cooking supplies. At the very least, it is good to have a pot for water, some strong plates, cups and spoons. Apart from this, if you can arrange for a grate or a grill, it will help with the process of cooking. Portable cooking stoves are also easily available these days. Have all these items in your kit and you will do a good job surviving troubled times after the calamity.
For shelter, you will need a place to sleep. If you can fit tents in the kit, it will come in really handy. Apart from this, you will also need blankets and sleeping bags to make things a bit easier. Make sure the tent that you select is large enough for all your family members.
Medication and First Aid
Your earthquake survival kit should have medicine supplies for at least 3-4 days. If any member of your family takes prescription medicines on a regular basis, make sure you stock them up. This means if someone takes insulin or other medicines for blood pressure, these should be included in the kit because it could make a difference between life and death. Apart from this, other medicines for common cold, headaches and upset stomach must also be included.
Make sure you have a first aid kit that includes aspirin, ibuprofen, Tylenol, anti-diarrheal medication, medical tapes, gauze, bandages, Band-Aids, povidone iodine or betadine cleanser and tweezers. This should be more than enough to attend to any health problems during the initial phase.
Many other items can be included in your kit to make survival easier. Some of them include knives, ropes, toilet paper, utility cords, a local map, earthquake evacuation route and flint. You must also have good backup for communication and power. Articles such as spare, portable batteries, mobile phones, extra batteries and solar chargers also come in really handy in these situations.