So with the recent news of Hurricane Ike, I got to thinking about earthquakes. Yup, around here we get earthqaukes now and then. And you don't get notice like you do with a hurricane. The earth starts shaking and that's it.
So you prepare, much like you prepare for a peanut allergy. You have plans in place and supplies at the ready just in case you are hit with a disaster (which you hope NEVER comes). Earthquakes come on fast and are frightening and you're helpless!
We have a big container in our backyard filled with supplies, like water, radios, batteries, etc. just in case the big one strikes. Given the recent hurricane, Mark and I went out back and looked in our kit to make sure things were current. It had been quite some time since we checked it. Here are some things we discovered:
- Items were missing. Seems like the gardener (the only other person who has access to our backyard) or one of his guys helped themselves to a maglite, radio, and tools. Glad I fired him last week. Note to self: buy lock for kit.
- Diapers. Um, B has been potty trained for over a year. We can nix those.
- Formula. Again, B's been eating solids for quite some time. Powdered milk and our meals should be fine.
- Some of the food we packed (those freeze dried meals from REI) contained peanuts. Ack! I'll be buying more food for our kit and I'm thankful that these meals have allergen warnings on them - we can't just buy granola bars for obvious reasons.
So the next week will see me updating our supplies (there are plenty of other items we need to pack in our kit besides what I mentioned). If you live in an area that is prone to natural disasters (like earthquakes or floods or hurricanes), check out the Red Cross site for checklists to prepare your home, office, and school (and make a donation if you can to help the victims of Ike). Don't forget a kit for your car as well if you travel far for work. Oh, and remember that many of the premade kits that are sold for emergencies contain energy bars that may contain allergens like peanut butter, milk, and wheat.
Are you prepared? If you have a kit, what are your must have items?