Is Your Family Ready for an Earthquake or Tsunami Level Emergency?

Creating a Emergency Preparedness KitGoing through Facebook and Twitter, one can’t help but notice the outpouring of support for the tsunami victims in Japan. A status message from my friend Orietta really struck me. She said, “Thinking its time to start practicing some earthquake drills at home with the kids and get them involved in making an emergency supply kit.” How many of us are prepared with a disaster supply kit at home or in the car? What goes in a disaster supply kit or emergency preparedness kit?

Think about committing a weekend to updating telephone numbers, buying emergency supplies and reviewing your emergency plan with everyone in your family. How can you get your kids involved?

Emergency Supply Kit:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

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Have you created a disaster supply kit? How often do you review what’s in there? How often do you do earthquake drills with your kids? Let us know in the comments.

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