Make a Home Earthquake Kit

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Having essentials on hand will make you less reliant on post-quake emergency services that may not be easily available.  It will also mean you can stay in your home instead of seeking food, water and first aid out in the world.

You can buy a pre-packed earthquake kit online or at your local hardware store, or you can make a home earthquake kit yourself.

Get yourself a new trash can with a waterproof lid, or a sealable waterproof storage box to keep in your garage, basement or closet, and put in it things you will absolutely need in your home after an earthquake.

Essentials for a home earthquake kit:

  • Water (minimum one gallon a day for each person in your house – for at least 3 days and ideally for 2 weeks)
  • Canned and packaged foods for three days for each person in your house
  • Manual can opener
  • Working flashlight with extra batteries and light bulbs, or crank flashlight
  • Portable radio with extra batteries (or hand crank for charging)
  • Dust mask (you can use a bandana if you prefer)
  • Whistle (to alert rescuers to your location)
  • Emergency cash in small bills
  • Wrenches to turn off gas and water supplies
  • Medications
  • First aid kit and handbook
  • Copies of vital documents such as insurance policies, medical consent forms, list of emergency contact numbers, doctor’s name and contact information, prescription lists, personal identification (drivers license, work ID card, etc.) all stored in a water-resistant folder.
  • Pens and pad of paper for leaving notes.
  • Work gloves for each adult
  • Protective goggles for each member of the family
  • Heavy duty plastic bags for waste, and to serve as tarps, rain ponchos, and other uses
If you have a pet, also include:
  • Pet food and water for three days
  • Pet leash and water bowl
  • Pet carrier
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Optional Items:

  • Camp stove for outdoor cooking
  • Fuel for camp stove
  • Butane grill lighter
  • Cooking utensils
  • Road maps
  • Spare eyeglasses or contact lenses and cleaning solution
  • Additional flashlights for each member of the family
  • Light sticks
  • Personal hygiene supplies
  • Toiletries and special provisions you need for yourself and others in your family including elderly, disabled, small children, and animals
  • Toys

Comforts and extras:

  • Lanterns or camping lights
  • Your favorite snack foods, high in water and calories
  • Candles if you live in an area that does not use residential natural gas
  • Generator
  • Solar panel backpack to charge phone and laptop
  • Playing cards, and other small games
  • A good book
  • Crank charger for charging cell phone
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Tent
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Comfortable, warm clothing including extra socks

You can also use a pre-packaged kit as a starting point to personalize a kit for your needs.

Optional items include special needs, items you may want if you are forced to leave your home, and maps and addresses.

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