Climate change, global warming, varying weather patterns, and earthquakes – these are the things that seem to be common occurrences in this age and time. No one can properly predict the coming of an earthquake and the only thing that most can do is be prepared and make the earthquake survival kit readily available when an earthquake suddenly strikes.
Basic Contents of Most Earthquake Survival Kits
The earthquake kits must contain the basic necessary things to survive like water and food. The kit should also contain medications for usual illnesses such as flu, colds, cough, fever, stomachache, and headache. Radio and flashlights that are battery operated and extra batteries can be handy. The kit should also include blankets; canned foods and other foods that can last for a long time; can opener; knife; pet food for your pet; toilet paper; baby wipes; feminine hygiene supplies (including sanitary napkins); clothing; soap; toothpaste and toothbrush; and warmers.
Anyone can prepare their own survival kits and put everything in an easy to carry but durable bags, and there are also earthquake supplies that are neatly packed in a bag that can be bought in stores or online shops.
Where to Buy Earthquake Kits, the Contents, and Estimated Costs
Anyone can purchase an earthquake survival kit at online shops like Amazon and there’s actually a choice for 1 person up to ten persons. The kit contains all the essential things that a person needs for three days.
The kit usually contains pouches of Datrex Water or other brand names with a similar purpose (with 5 years shelf life), some 200 calorie food bars with the same shelf life as the water, purification tablets (one tablet can purify 1 liter of water), flashlight, radio, survival whistle that comes with signal mirror, compass, flint starter, lanyard, and shrill whistle, waterproof matches, fire starter, sleeping bags, emergency hooded poncho, rope, personal necessities kit, wrench, can opener, 12 hour light stick, portable stove, candles, waste bags, 2.5-gallon bag for water, body warmers, first aid kit, masks, tissues, and even a deck of cards.
The survival kit for one person (can have all or some of the mentioned things) has a price range from $30 to $50 in which the supply can last three days on average.
The kit for two persons usually ranges from $78 to $90, for four persons the price ranges from $62 to $200, and for ten persons the price range is $200 to $400.
Take note that the price varies in accordance with the content of the kit and the manufacturer. It is necessary to weigh the things of utmost importance if the budget is limited or try to buy a little at a time to complete the whole kit and hopefully not too late when disaster hits the area.
The kit is also good to use in cases of emergencies other than earthquakes. It is necessary to take note of the expiration dates or shelf life of each particular product to avoid untoward incidents. Use the earthquake supplies that are about to expire and make sure to replace them with newer ones. It might be a cliché but it is a good reminder for everyone that it is always better to be prepared than run like a scared chicken when a devastating earthquake suddenly visits.
Why do Kits Have Such Contents?
Anyone can keep going for days without food but not without water. Water is the most essential element to have in order to survive in times of disaster.
Potable water tablets can help a lot in turning suspicious-looking water into a drinkable liquid to satisfy hunger and thirst. Canned foods can last longer than fresh ones and they can be stored for a long time. They can provide quick and easy ways to satisfy hunger at any time and give the body the needed energy and strength.
A first aid kit is a must together with different medications to cure common illnesses and prevent it from causing more harm to the affected person or the entire family.
Radio and flashlights are important as well as spare batteries and some candles. The radio is a useful tool to keep updated regarding the things that are happening around the community or the entire locality and the lights are there to give some illumination in case of power failure.
Personal hygiene necessities are also important to prevent any disease from invading the area. Also, keeping the body clean calms the mind and makes someone feel so relaxed even in such a situation. Bodywarmers to provide heat during the cold nights can also keep any ailments away from anyone. It is of utmost importance to provide proper heat for the children and old folks.
Whistle, signal mirrors, stick light, and other things that can give signals are very important in case anyone happened to wander into unknown places. The said gadgets will be able to help the person locate his or her way back or for him or her to be found.
Earthquake Survival Tips
In every situation, it is better to be prepared and it is better to have earthquake supplies before the earthquake arrives. There are different drills that communities usually organize aside from the drills that children take from schools, participate and anticipate that things can really happen in order to prepare the body and mind for the sudden disaster.
When an earthquake strikes while indoors, take cover under a sturdy table or anything that will serve as shelter from possible falling objects or flying shattered glasses. Do it quickly and within three seconds. Keep calm and don’t panic. It is impossible for someone to go through it all without participating in any drill. The drills help a person stay calm in times of earthquake.
If there are no tables or similar structures nearby, drop to the floor against the wall while covering the neck and head with the arms. Avoid going to areas where there are lots of objects that might fall. Knowing the areas to avoid can actually save a life.
Remember that it is safer to be indoors than out in the open, but if the earthquake happened while outdoor, stay away from buildings, power lines, and anything that might fall.
When driving and posts began to sway and people are running, know that there is an earthquake. People who drive or those who are sitting don’t usually feel the quake. Stay in the car but keep the vehicle away from the traffic and anything that might fall. Resume driving when the shaking stopped but be wary of possible breaks and cracks.
If an earthquake occurs while in a mountainous area, be on the look out for falling rocks, trees, debris, and landslides. If on the beach, go to higher ground immediately because an earthquake can cause a devastating tsunami. Be prepared and make the earthquake survival kit and earthquake supplies always handy.