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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Thoughts on emergency kits

Some random thoughts on emergency kits:

1. As a Californian, my main "emergency" would be earthquakes. Earthquake emergency kits are somewhat different from most other kits, although they would tend to have the same "stuff" in them. The biggest difference is that an earthquake emergency kit probably should be in the back yard, away from the house. Since earthquakes can destroy houses, having an emergency kit in the garage or closet may not be useful. We keep ours in a small shed in our backyard.

2. The emergency kit contents would include the usual: a week's worth of MRE-type food, water (we keep 25 gallons and rotate it every six months), warm-weather clothes, blankets, a first-aid kit, candles, hand-crank flashlights and radios, batteries, etc. Good lists can be found in numerous places online. One other thing that's good to have is a shovel so you can dig an emergency latrine or do other emergency duties that involve moving dirt.

3. A temporary place to sleep is also useful. We keep our camping and backpacking gear with our emergency kit so we can have tents and sleeping bags if we need them.

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