Where should I store my earthquake supplies?
Well, that’s our #1 question and the answer is “it depends.” Each home is unique, but here are a few general guidelines. It is best to avoid keeping supplies in a basement or crawlspace, instead keep them in a garage. No garage? An outdoor storage shed or storage bench is a great solution. Live in a condo or apartment? Just find some closet space. Feel free to ask us about your particular situation, we are here to help.
Why do I need two weeks of earthquake supplies? Isn’t 72 hours enough?
We wish it were so. But, the Cascadia earthquake is unlike any other natural disaster in terms of projected destruction. It is expected that we will be without water, electricity, and a sewer system for months…so having supplies to “bridge the gap” until relief assistance arrives is critical. 72-hour kits are super important to have in the car and at work, but the official recommendation is at least two weeks at home.
What kind of food is it? Is it good?
About 75% of the food is freeze-dried and dehydrated with a 25-year shelf life. The remaining food is ready-to-eat bars that have a 5-year shelf life.
The most accurate label we’ve come up with to describe the food is “comfort camping food.” Having a warm hearty meal during stressful times can make life feel a little better. Your kit has a simple-to-use stove and pot to heat the water for your meals. Just add the food to boiling water, wait about 15 minutes and it’s done.
How often do I need to change the water?
First, you can fill your water containers with regular tap water. The 5-gallon containers should be rotated annually. Tip: rotate them in the summer and water your garden with it. If your kit comes with a 55-gallon water drum, the water lasts 5 years if you use the provided water preserver.
Does my kit expire?
The majority of items in the kit do not expire and will be usable for decades to come. There are a handful of items that will need to be replenished over time. They include: (in 2-3 years) a few of the ointments and medications in the first-aid kit. (in 5 years) batteries, ready to eat food bars, body warmers, emergency lightsticks. (in 10 years) GRAYL® Replaceable Purifier Cartridge. We'll let you know when items in your kit need to be replenished.
I’ve received my Earthquake Disaster Kit, what's next?
Congrats! You have taken a major step towards preparedness and you can confidently check “gather earthquake supplies” off your list...thats huge! Next, use our planning resources to make and practice your family emergency plan. Then, make sure you have a 72-hour Get-Home pack in your car and at work. Don't forget to look around your home and secure items that are likely to fall in an earthquake.
What else can I do?
Spread the word! Talk with your neighbors and co-workers about preparedness. If you are so inclined, join your Neighborhood Emergency Team/CERT team, help an elderly neighbor prepare or spearhead a preparedness gathering for your block. At your next dinner party have your guests practice Drop, Cover and Hold On! After all, the more of us who are prepared the better of we all will be after a major earthquake; we are all in this together.