Thursday, March 24, 2011
Call me crazy
This is all the stuff I recently bought, following the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster in Japan. And it's really just the tip of the iceberg as far as stuff I'm gonna need ....
... When the Big One hits.
My husband is getting mighty tired of me mentioning the Big One, but mark my words! It's coming, and when it does, I'll be sitting on my porch with a can of cream of potato soup and a shotgun in my lap.
When an earthquake hits, I don't wait for it to get bigger. When I realize it's an earthquake, I dive under the nearest desk/table. And people laugh and laugh. Well. Who will be laughing when your head is squished and I'm sitting on my porch with my soup? Hmm?
There was an image that stuck with me from Earthquakes & Volcanoes 101 (Yes, I took a college course titled Earthquakes & Volcanoes 101. This is earthquake territory, guys! I learned a lot). The image was of a multi-story building that had been destroyed in an earthquake. One whole side of the building had sheared off and the stories had collapsed upon each other, and there, on the fourth floor or so, standing strong and wonderful, was a table. The message was clear: Get under the strongest table you have and you might be OK.
Anyway! Let's review my earthquake preparedness kit.
- break into a car.
- deal with a downed power line.
- perform a tracheotomy.
- deliver a baby.
- survive an earthquake (guess what the book says to do?? Get under a table!!)
I also got two flashlights and will be throwing a pair of scissors, a multipurpose tool, pillows, and two sleeping bags in there.
Stuff I still need for my kit includes:
- Cat food.
- Copies of personal documents: proof of address, deed to house, birth certificates, insurance policies.
- Family & emergency contact info. (phone & addresses of work and homes)
- Plywood, nails, duct tape, work gloves. Gonna need to board up the windows when the Big One comes.
- Extra clothes/shoes.
- Plastic forks/spoons/dishes.
When all's said and done, I want all this stuff in one or two big bags, so I can grab it quick-like when the Big One comes.
And in all seriousness, guys, regardless of where you live, you should have something like this on hand. There are tons of natural disasters (tornadoes, hurricanes) and unnatural disasters (terrorism, nuclear fallout) that could necessitate an emergency preparedness kit, and if you have to evacuate for any reason, it's good to have it all ready to go so you don't even have to think about it.