Earthquake Preparedness

Are you ready?

Most people I talk to are not. I had "earthquake kit" on my list of things to do for 7 years. What made me do it finally? Probably the free-floating anxiety due to the upcoming election, the economy, shorter, darker days. My anxiety needed a place to land. It landed at Trader Joes. Normally I'm not a fan, but you really can't beat it for situations like this.

What do you need?
Experts recommend enough food and water for 3 days (a gallon per person per day plus pets)

There are lots of recommendations for bags of supplies right by the door and in the car (work boots, tools, extra flashlights, cash, food, etc).

We're not going that far. It's much too hard to anticipate what you'll be doing and where you'll be if/when it happens and it seems like a lot of trouble and expense. But the food and water I can get behind.

And also the cash. Well, isn't everyone stashing what cash they have in the house these days?

So here's what I'm thinking. We'll probably be living in our backyard in a tent if the house is damaged. So I got propane for the stove, batteries for flashlights, and food that can be boiled in the bag, canned fish for protein, soups with beans, peanut butter, instant oatmeal, jerky, bars, and dog food.

Plus I figure we'll have food in the house that needs to be eaten. Our camping equipment lives in the storage shed outside and should be reachable. But that's the thing: who really knows? We just have to do the best we can.

Everything you see here plus three cases of 1 liter bottles of water cost about $120.00 I did this as the economy was tanking a couple weeks ago and it occurred to me at the time that if we just urged everyone to get their earthquake, hurricane, disaster, election, armageddon kits together, we could keep the economy afloat!

Go shopping! Now where have I heard that before?

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