For those of us who live in California, we have been bombarded by not only images of Haiti, but news stories reminding us that we, too, live on an earthquake fault. Thanks?
In a timely letter, a mom at Berkeley Parents Network had a lot of good questions surrounding earthquake preparation:
I’m gathering kits for earthquake emergency at our home. Where do you put supplies? Our garage is in our basement and I fear not being able to get below the house to access supplies if left in the garage. Do you store supplies/emergency kit outside or do you split it up around the house? Where do you store water and how do you store water? Any other essentials for 2 kids under 5yrs?
We were moved to put together an earthquake kit shortly after Katrina. My husband bought one of those pre-made kits — I believe from REI — that also included water. We stored the backpack in our coat closet because as the BPN mom pointed out, our garage is detached and we may not be able to get to the supplies. But I must update it as Katrina happened almost 5 years ago.
Ari’s school has us update his earthquake kit every year. It includes non-perishable food, water, a change of clothes, one of those NASA-type blankets — the name escapes me — a flashlight and a picture from home.
Do you have an earthquake kit? What do you include in the kit and where do you store it?