If you have a car, it's a great idea to have an emergency kit for times you are stranded, such as an earth quake. I've used items from my kit several times over the years and was grateful I was prepared.
You can make your own 24 hour emergency car kit or a 72 hour emergency car kit. You'll need food, water, and an emergency blanket to start. Then place the following items in your emergency car kit to be more prepared.
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Going to Ready.Gov can give you additional items you can place in your car to be extra prepared in case of an emergency.
Here is a list of some of the earthquake kits that can help not only in an earthquake but other medical emergencies or times you might be stranding on the road or other places. Each kit can meet different needs depending on the size of your family or personal needs.
What is an Earthquake Kit?
When you need anything from a bandage to an emergency blanket, an earthquake kit can help. It can give you the medical necessities, food, and water so you can survive up to 72 hours by yourself depending on the kit you buy.
If you decide to get a medical kit by itself, then you can provide food and water yourself. This can help you get the kind of food and possibly sweets to help get you through the time you are stuck or stranded. Make sure you have plenty of water because sugary drinks can actually cause more dehydration.
Some kits will include food and water, so decide what works best for you so you can get you through an emergency situation.
Why do I need it?
A lot of people either have an small, medium, or large emergencies while in their car or at work. People get stuck on the road for hours or longer. Having supplies in these situations is helpful in these situations.
During an earthquake you may not have the help from anyone for a while. You can help yourself and other with the supplies from your car.
If you don't know what to pick for an earthquake kit, I have selected 5 kits that can be tailored to meet your needs. These kits are rated well and can provide basic supplies to a wider array of supplies for different situation you may find yourself in.
Hopefully you'll never need it, but getting a kit will bring a measure of peace of mind, and relief when you really need it.
Types of Earthquake Kits
There are some earthquakes kits you can put together yourself or you can buy a complete kit that includes most of what you need. You can buy just the medical supplies or a complete kit with everything included. Sometimes you can put together a kit that is higher quality with everything you need for just about the same price as
Things to Consider When Buying an Earthquake kit
- Medical: An earthquake kit should have medical supplies for small and large injuries. It should include all the medicine that you normally take or might need during an extended period away from home.
- Food: An earthquake kit should have a food supply that will last for 72 hours or 3 days. Normally they include food ration bars that contain all the calories you need, in a compacts size. You should have plenty of water. Most kits include water packets, and you can try picking up a water filtration system to help purify water when needed.
- Shelter: It's important to have a place to sleep outside of the house if needed. A tube tent or large emergency Mylar blanket can server to provide shelter for sleeping and rain. A poncho is also important to have.
- Warmth: Along with shelter keeping warm is important. A Mylar emergency blanket or sleeping bag will help you warm during a cold night. A fire starter can help you start a fire for warmth when in camping or when you have firewood available. Some people pack extra clothing in their earthquake kit.
- Tools: You should have some tools to help during an earthquake. A crowbar can help you pry open doors, a knife to cut ropes for tents, a whistle to alert if you are trapped, a rope for hanging things and tying things up, a flashlight to help see in the dark, gloves to move things around that may have fallen, and anything else that can be helpful such as dust masks.
Earthquake Kit - More Ideas
When choosing the an earthquake kit for your car, here are more ideas to consider:
- Radio: To get the latest news and weather a radio is important, especially in an emergency.
- Sanitation needs: To use the restroom it is helpful to have bags you can use when using to keep things sanitary. When going number 1 no bag is needed, but for female sanitary products and human waste a bag will keep things sanitary and smell free. Trash bags will be helpful for trash and to keeps things sanitary.
- Tools: Having tools for your car to fix simple problems. Duct tape is helpful, along with a wrench and screw drivers.
- Cell Phone: A cell phone can really be a helpful tool. You might opt to keep a power bank or solar charger for you phone in your car.
- Extra glasses, medicines, cash : Having supplies that you would normally use on a daily basis can be very helpful.
- Books and games: We Keep yourself thinking positive and engaged in activities that are keep things in a good mood.
- Fire Extinguisher: A fire extinguisher might be useful during emergencies.
An earthquake can have a real affect on your life. Being prepared with a kit will help you get through it with less stress and better deal with the aftermath.
Be prepared to help yourself and others by organizing an earthquake kit. You'll be glad during an emergency or earthquake for the preparation you've made.
Don't forget to update the items in your kit, especially food items, when they god bad or no longer function well.