Preparing for an Earthquake.
It is important that you are prepared in the event of an earthquake or some other major disaster. You need to prepare an emergency kit in advance, rather than wait for a disaster to occur. If a disaster strikes, you may not have the time or the resources to get what you need in order to survive. Of course, you never know to what extent services will be affected, or whether or not you will still be able to use your house: The best earthquake survival kit which we have here includes extra survival-kit items in the event of all services being cut, and there being no house to live in. This extensive list will prepare you for the worst case scenario.
Your Earthquake survival Kit: If you can, keepthis in a shed where you can access it easily in case your house becomes inhabitable. Keep in mind, though, that it is possible you may be trapped in your house without water, so make sure you have a little of the basic requirements in your house at all times, especially plenty of bottled water.
Some of the basic necessities in an emergency and which you should have both in your house and your shed, are: .
Plenty of Bottled Water
First Aid Kit
Warm Clothing and Bedding.
Tin Opener , A Sharp and Durable Utility Knife, Eating utensils: Knife, Fork and Spoon
Saucepan and fry pan. A large cooking pot such as an old pressure cooker could be handy if you need to boil water.
Spade and Tools: Spanner, Hammer, a few nails, Screwdriver, Bucket and Spade, and a Tomahawk, or small axe.
Torch, Matches, Candles
Some dry newspaper and a wee bit of kindling.
Transistor Radio, and spare batteries for torch and radio.
A couple of large, clean plastic buckets.
A large piece of plastic sheeting, in case you need to collect water.
Seeds of Food Plants: We all should be saving seeds in case we need them. Keep a seed bank of: Celery, Tomato, Pumpkin, Potatoes, Silver beet, Green beans, Broccoli, Garlic, Onions, Carrots etc. It is important to have a few seeds stored safely, just in case food sources dry up for a long time. Make sure that your seeds are not sterilized, or interfered with genetically. Most seeds that you buy have been engineered so that they will produce only once, just so that we have to go back and purchase more each season, rather than keep our own seeds. This means that the big multi-national seed companies have direct control over our fate in the event of a food crisis, because they are in control of our food sources, and this is a very bad thing. In a major crisis, where no food is being brought to us anymore, we have to be able to grow our own food. So, if we are not to starve in the event of a major world calamity, we must ensure that we have original, fertile, unhybridized seed which will reproduce.
We should already be growing as many plants as we can: fruit trees- apple trees – lemon trees – guava and feijoa bushes – wherever there is a spot for them- silver beet and other stuff – Get the vege garden flourishing and producing food for the table. Fresh fruit and vegetables are better for us anyway, but there will come a time when we really will need this home-grown produce.
Remember to always keep some seeds in storage.
Here is some detail – the ‘run down’, on the items above which you need to include in your best earthquake survival kit:
Blankets: Keep several warm woolen blankets in your survival kit. Make sure you have enough for the family. Make sure they remain dry. Keep them in plastic bags to ensure they do not become damp, and keep them up off the floor. Check them occasionally, to make sure they are still dry and usable.
Water: How To Store Water For an Earthquake or other Emergency: Drinking water is essential. Water is the most important requirement for survival. You can live without food for several days, but you cannot survive for long without water. Water supplies often are affected after a major earthquake. It is important to keep some good clean drinking water available at all times, in case of other disasters which could affect your city water supply. Use glass bottles for your drinking water, but also keep a few plastic bottles of water for washing, and in case the glass bottles should get broken. Do not use plastic milk bottles to store any of your water, as bacteria in milk bottles will cause your water to become undrinkable. Use fruit juice bottles, or fizzy drink bottles, and glass wine bottles for a better quality water for drinking. Make sure the bottles are clean before you fill them, then fill them right to the top of the bottle, then put the lid on tight. The less air you have in your stored water bottles, the less likely it will be affected by bacteria. Then, store your bottles of emergency water in a cool dark place – in that outside shed if you have one. It pays to check your emergency water supply every three months: empty out the old water and put fresh water into your storage bottles. This will help ensure that your water is drinkable if you should need it.
First Aid Kit: You need to have bandages, plasters, scissors, and a disinfectant such as iodine. Keep some soap in your kit as well. Having a St John’s first aid book in your first aid kit could be valuable in saving somebody’s life. If there is a disaster which confines you to an area, then you will have time to read up the first aid manual and refresh your memory, hopefully before you need to apply first aid.
Keep a clean plastic bucket or two in your shed as this will be useful for washing, for carrying or collecting water and supplies, and all manner of things if the situation is serious.
Food Items: The Best Earthquake Survival Kit Foods are foods which won’t deteriorate in storage. Tinned food is the best. Protein is essential for strength in survival: Keep several cans of tuna – stockpile at least three cans per person if you can. Sardines, Mackerel and other tinned fish are also good. Tinned baked beans are a great survival food. These are high in protein and are a rich energy food. You can survive for several weeks on baked beans, especially if you were to eat the sprouted green mung beans with them, as a fresh vegetable. Keep a few kilos of dried mung beans in an air tight tin. Try to keep at least a kilogram of mung beans per person in your survival kit. These are a great earthquake survival kit food, as they are highly nutritious, contain protein and carbohydrate, and store well. Mung beans are an excellent survival food, because you can cook them, or soak them and sprout them. Sprouted mung beans will give you a fresh vegetable source, rich in Vitamin C, protein, enzymes and fiber. Keep a suitable large plastic or glass bottle ready to sprout your mung beans. Brown rice is an excellent grain to keep in your food supplies. Make sure that the mice can’t get to it. Oatmeal, and Oatbran are good to keep in your earthquake survival kit: Oatmeal, or oatmeal bran, does not require cooking, although it is nutritionally better when it is cooked. If you are unable to cook it, raw oatbran can be soaked for an hour or so before eating, which will help with its digestion. Dried fruits such as dates, sultanas, or raisins can be added to this dry oatmeal muesli, which will add to its energy value and nutritional value too. Nuts for Protein: Keep a quantity of nuts such as almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts and cashews in your survival kit. You need to keep, say, two cupfuls for each member of the family. With nuts, though, you need to replace them every three months so that they are always fresh if you should need them. Every three months you can take out the older nuts to use in the kitchen, and replace them with fresh nuts. Dried sesame seeds and sunflower seeds are good survival foods: These do not need to be cooked, are high in protein and calcium, and are very sustaining. Dried Milk Powder is an excellent food stand-by for the best earthquake survival kit. Keep the full cream one, as this is more nutritious than thin milk: Full cream milk powder will sustain you for longer than thin milk powder. Keep a large bottle of virgin olive oil, full strength. Olive oil is an important item to have in that food collection for survival: it provides important fats which are vital for health, and contains vitamin E and other nutrients. You can cook with it, you can add it to that mung bean sprout salad for flavour and nutritional value. . Olive oil is a really excellent food, and if necessary, then a couple of tablespoonsful a day could keep you going without any other food for quite a few days.
With all your stored food, check on its freshness from time to time. It is better to circulate the stored food, so that you get to eat it before it goes stale. Replace the stored food every three months.
Important Items To Keep in Your Earthquake Survival Kit: Make sure you have a good tin opener and a sharp knife and a spoon or two. Keep two or three new lighters, and several boxes of matches in your earthquake survival kit. Also make sure you have a good torch ready to go, and keep a spare set of batteries in case you should need them.
Keep a strong spade handy. A spade will be essential if the sewage system is affected. It will also be essential if food supplies are cut for a time, as you will be able to get cracking and plant some of those pumpkin seeds, silver beet seeds, potatoes and the lik, which you have stored in your shed. . A hammer, spanner, nails, screwdriver are also good things to have ready.
If you can, keep a good sized tarpaulin in your shed to use as shelter if it is needed. A canvas tent, which will house the whole family in the case of an emergency, is a good thing to have.