Earthquakes are terrifying! If you're not prepared for the Big One to hit, making an earthquake kit full of emergency supplies is the best way to get started.
According to the most recent study from the U.S. Geological Survey, nearly half of Americans live in earthquake-prone areas. As such, those people should be reasonably prepared for emergencies.
People living in California, Oregon, and Washington should definitely make one. But it's good for everyone to have one.
"We have known about this overall risk for a long time," David Oglesby, professor of geophysics at the University of California, Riverside, told BuzzFeed. "Therefore, every family in California, Oregon, Washington, and even Nevada should have an earthquake kit handy, and it wouldn't hurt for everyone in the country to have one. After all, the kinds of supplies you would need after an earthquake are essentially the same as those you would need in any other natural disaster, like a hurricane, flood, and so forth."
Here are the essentials you'll need:
3. Which also includes pet food if you have a pet.
Don't forget about your pets! It's incredibly important that you prepare food for them in case of an earthquake as well. FOR AT LEAST 72 HOURS.
4. A battery-powered or hand-crank radio.
5. A first-aid kit.
Along with medications (prescription and nonprescription) and standard first-aid supplies, include dust masks and gloves.
6. A fire extinguisher.
7. An assortment of tools.
8. Hygienic supplies.
You'll need the essentials: toilet paper, moist towelettes, feminine supplies. As gross as it might be to talk about, a bucket will come in handy as a designated waste receptacle. Include garbage bags, garbage ties, and disinfectant products, like hand sanitizer and even chlorine bleach.
And again, don't forget your pets: poop bags.
9. You'll also want clothing.
Include at least one change of clothing per person (it's best that it be a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and boots).
Additionally, think about your climate: Include sweaters, rain jackets, or any other cold-weather-climate clothing.
10. And proper bedding.
11. Lastly, include personal documents.
FEMA has created an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit that you can read to be more prepared, but the essential idea is to have your personal/financial documents and contact information easily available in case of emergency.
Documents include "Household Identification" (IDs, birth certificates, social security cards, pet tags), "Financial and Legal Documentation" (tax statements, housing payments, insurance policies, etc.), "Medical Information" (immunization records, copies of health insurance cards, etc.), and "Household Contacts" (banking institutions, health care and service providers).