These Are Ten of the Most Important Items To Keep Handy In Case An Earthquake Hits.
If you find yourself in the midst of an earthquake, it can be overwhelming. However, you can make it easier to ride out a quake and its aftermath by preparing an earthquake emergency kit. Your earthquake emergency kit will keep you prepared so that in the event of a quake, you’ll be able to protect yourself and your family. The ten items on this list are all great additions to your earthquake emergency kit, serving specific purposes related to earthquakes and also coming in handy during other emergencies and crises. Keep reading to learn more!
1. Duct Tape
Ah, duct tape. Versatile, reliable, and tough. This extra-strong tape is famous for coming in handy for a variety of reasons, and it’ll serve you well even in the aftermath of an earthquake. When an earthquake happens, your home can be left damaged, with broken windows and other harm to your home, leaving you and your family exposed to the elements. When you need to fix up a leak or broken window in a pinch, duct tape is your best friend.
Pack a roll of duct tape into your earthquake emergency kit, and make sure to have the next item on our list handy when you use it.
A multi-tool is the minimalist’s dream come true. It’s a many-in-one utility that gives you a pair of pliers, a mini saw, mini knife, screwdriver, and more. Your multi-tool will come in handy in many situations, including for cutting pieces of duct tape to fix leaks and broken windows. In situations where you don’t have quick access to a toolbox or a home improvement store (earthquakes can leave these out of the question), your multi-tool can accomplish many tasks while taking up a small amount of space in your emergency kit.
3. Emergency Blankets
A foil emergency blanket helps your body retain heat, keeping you warm even when you find yourself exposed to the elements. Packing a full-sized blanket in your emergency kit would take up too much space and make the kit heavy, so a lightweight, compact foil blanket is a much better option.
Emergency blankets are made from an insulating material that can keep you warm for long periods of time. Since an earthquake can damage your home or even force you to evacuate from your house, you’ll need a source of warmth on standby that you can easily carry with you.
4. Non-Perishable Food And Water
Food and water that don’t go bad are essentials for any emergency preparedness kit. You never know when a natural disaster like an earthquake might leave you cut off from your access to groceries. In addition, an earthquake can knock out your power, causing the food in your refrigerator to spoil. In an emergency, you need non-perishable food and water to sustain you until you have access to more resources again.
You might be asking yourself, “how can water be perishable? It’s water!” Fair point. However, plastic water bottles eventually expire, leaking their chemicals into the water inside and making it unsafe to drink. For your emergency kit, non-perishable water pouches are a better option. Water pouches will stay good for up to five years, meaning you can leave them stored in your emergency kit until you need them without them needing to be replaced.
In addition to non-perishable water, you need a source of food that will fill you up, not go bad and be easy to carry around. The best choice for food in your earthquake emergency kit is high-calorie energy bars. These bars are designed to replace an entire meal, but they’re small enough to stash in your kit with ease. Each bar in the emergency preparedness kits by JUDY contains 400 calories and lots of protein, carbohydrates, and fat to keep you nourished and full.
5. Work Gloves
You never know when you’ll need to move a sharp, dusty, or rusty object. Enough said. Work gloves are one of the less likely items on our list of earthquake survival essentials, but they are a valuable asset when you need to get something big and dangerous out of the way. Earthquakes can leave all kinds of dangerous debris scattered on the ground, making it necessary to protect your hands and pick them up so that you can move to safety.
6. Glow Sticks
An earthquake can easily knock out your power, leaving you stuck in the dark. Having several sources of light that don’t require power or batteries is a must for your earthquake survival kit. JUDY’s glow sticks give you up to twelve hours of battery-free light, meaning you’ll be able to see when the power goes out.
7. First Aid Supplies
This one may seem obvious, but many people don’t have a first aid kit ready and available in their homes. Being able to patch up cuts and bruises that might be caused during an earthquake and in its aftermath is essential to keep you and your family healthy and safe in the disaster. You don’t need to be a doctor or nurse to perform first aid, and if you’re unsure where to start, you can even get an online first aid certification. An online course can also equip you with the ability to perform CPR, which can save a life if someone is seriously hurt during an earthquake or other natural disaster.
8. Dust Masks
When an earthquake happens, dust and debris are kicked up into the air, and inhaling them can cause you to become sick or have trouble breathing. The best way to protect yourself from airborne earthquake debris is to wear a mask. Keeping a mask in your emergency kit also means you’ll be prepared to protect yourself from airborne viruses and bacteria if you are in a situation where diseases are active.
Along with glow sticks, matches are a great source of light that, of course, don’t require batteries. You can set up candles in your home in case an earthquake knocks out your power and light them using a match. The matches in JUDY’s emergency kits are waterproof, meaning they won’t get ruined by an accidental spill. Of course, exercise care and caution when using matches or when another family member uses them.
10. A Flashlight With Extra Batteries
As another source of light that can help you see if your power goes out, a battery-powered flashlight is an essential addition to your earthquake emergency kit. Make sure to throw in a set of extra batteries for your flashlight. These spare batteries can also be used for other battery-powered devices that you might need during an emergency, like a walkie-talkie or crank radio.
Using a battery-powered flashlight to light your way when you’ve lost power is a better option than turning on the flashlight on your smartphone. Although your phone may be equipped with an equally effective light, you want to make sure that your phone’s battery lasts as long as possible during an emergency. In addition, your phone shouldn’t be your only source of light if the power goes out. Glow sticks, matches, and a flashlight are all worth having around for if you lose power since you won’t be able to plug in your phone.
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