I live, work, and play along a fault line that is bound to crack at any time. After surviving a ‘quake in 1989, I know that it can will happen again…the question is just when. The earth is becoming more and more active, releasing energy in different places, so the next question is where? Where will be the next Big One? When? Will it affect you? Are you prepared?
It’s crazy that some of the most beautiful and populated cities lay upon major fault lines, but if you so happen to be in a safe zone, you could be in the risk of other disasters, minor and major. It doesn’t hurt to be prepared for the worst, so take these tips to ensure that if something strikes, you’ll have what you need for survival. On the healthy tip, of course.
- Water is essential. Stock up on gallons of water because it’s just so necessary. No need to fill your kit with soda or juice, because water will be exactly what you need. You can’t go without it.
- Cans can save you. If you’re out buying canned foods, purchase an extra one for your emergency kit. Make sure you have a variety of foods, and choose ones that can be eaten alone without preparation. Pineapples, green beans, baby corn, and kidney beans would fill you up and give you some vitamins for tough times. Just don’t forget to pack a can opener.
- Go nuts for nuts. Packaged nuts would be ideal in a kit because they taste great and provide your body with protein. On top of that, they’ll keep you feeling full and satisfied because it might be necessary to ration food out to friends and family.
- Check back often. Keep tabs on the expiration dates of the water and the food. You don’t want to be stuck in a situation with food that won’t do you any good. Try keeping an inventory list of what you have in your kit along with the due dates. Write the dates in your calendar and make sure you switch it out right away.
- Keep it all together. Put all of your food items in a container with your other emergency gear, like flashlights, cash, first aid kit, blankets, etc. Keep the kit in an easy to reach location and label it. You’ll need to go back and forth to it every once in awhile for restocking, of course.
Hopefully, you’ll never be in a situation where you’ll need to open up the emergency kit. But if it happens, at least you’ll be prepared…
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