I tweeted nearly immediately--though there really wasn't a question in my mind:
Shit, was that an earthquake?— Lisa Corriveau (@spokesmama) December 30, 2015
Chatting with other people helped me calm the jitters a little bit & I got to sleep a couple of hours later.
Before I went to bed, however, I started thinking about aftershocks & how we have only a one-person earthquake kit, not enough for our family. I looked around online a bit for one & resolved to see if Costco had them in stock in the store the next day. Just before we went to bed, I decided to fill a few containers with water, to give me a little peace of mind if there were to be more severe aftershocks during the night.
Morning arrived & I headed to Three Vets to grab a few things: a spare emergency blanket, some water packets & an MRE block. Then I headed to Costco to see if they had the two-person kits in store, but alas: nada. When I got home, I went back to the website & surprise, surprise, the one I'd been looking at was sold out. I looked at a few other websites, but the companies specializing in emergency supplies had notices up saying that delivery would be delayed to 4-6 weeks as they were overwhelmed with orders. Coscto seemed to have the best prices for what was included, not to mention free shipping. Done.
- Information: names & phone numbers for family, friends, doctors; copies of ID; insurance policy number; banking numbers.
- Extra keys to house, bike locks, vehicles if you have them, safe deposit box, etc.
- Medications: I'll pack an asthma inhaler & probably some Tylenol for arthritis. It's also useful to add the names & doses of required medications to the info list just in case.
- A 5-gallon bucket with a lid & garbage bags: this can be used for a toilet & depending on the size of it, also hold the whole kit until needed.
- Diapers! Can't forget these until Bronte is toilet trained...
- Our old Beco carrier: if we have to leave our house--which I think likely, given how old it is & the fact that we live on a bog--it'll be a lot easier to walk anywhere if we wear Bronte.
- Tiny toys & books: again, if we're headed somewhere else, having a little distraction will help the kids.
- Spare bicycle tubes, patch kits, & tools: if we have to travel far after a disaster like an earthquake, our bikes will be indispensible. No gas or electricity needed & they can get around downed trees or power lines, many places cars can't go. But the bikes have to be functional, so the right tools & supplies are essential.
That's my top eight add-ons for our emergency kit. It's such a tough thing to pack for, as I've never been through a serious earthquake or other disaster. There are so many different variables that you can't plan for everything. But hey, if this is one of your New Year's resolutions, maybe this list will help you get your kit together.
Do you have an emergency kit ready to go? Have you added any special items to yours?
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