In light of the earthquake in Japan, I decided to dedicate this next post on what should be in your earthquake or disaster preparedness kit. Since many of us are guilty of not having a disaster kit and/or plan, I urge all of you to spend an hour during your weekend and prepare a kit. It’s Easy!!! You probably already have majority of these items around your home. The key is to put them in a dedicated container and to devise a plan with your family. Here is a list of items that should be in your earthquake/disaster kit.
All items should be placed in a large water-proof, plastic container that is easily accessible and preferably placed outside.
WaterOne gallon per person per day. Keep at least a 3-day supply and store in plastic bottles.
FoodCanned non-perishable food, 3-day supply. High energy food that will not make you thirsty. Try to avoid foods that require water to prepare them.
First Aid Kit
- Antibiotic ointment
- Burn ointment
- Over the counter medication: Pain-med, Aspirin, Anti-diarrhea
- Prescription medications: inhaler, insulin, heart medication
- Latex gloves
Documents (copies of)
- Will, insurance policies, contracts deeds, stocks and bonds
- Passports, social security cards, immunization records
- Bank account and credit card numbers
- Important telephone numbers
- Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
Blanket or Sleeping bag
Minimum of $100 cash since banks/ATMs shut down during disasters
Warm clothing and Rain gear
- Battery-operated or hand crank radio
- Heavy Duty gloves
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener
- Pocket Knife
- Signal flair
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to cover broken windows)
Nice to have items but not essential
- Battery operated lanterns
- Dust Mask and Goggles
- Family photos, to find missing people
- Gas/camping/portable stove
- Solar charger
Also, if you would like to donate to the Red Cross for the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief fund, please click on the link below