Considering what has just happened in both New Zealand and Japan, thought I'd repost this (taken from another blog-I'll post it at the end if you want to read the whole thing) and hopefully give some of my readers the incentive, at the very least, to get a basic emergency kit together for you and your families..
It certainly seems more critical than ever, now, to be prepared..
Flashlight (crank or shake)
- Multitool with seatbelt cutter and window breaker
- Maps of your city, surrounding areas, state map
- Ice scraper
- Gas can
- Blankets and/or space blankets and/or lightweight sleeping bags
- Large container(s) of water or large pack of individual bottles
- Tool kit
- Shovel (small collapsible works)
- Backpack containing:
- Metal or Nalgene waterbottle
- Rope or paracord
- Duct tape
- Wet wipes/baby wipes
- Lightweight, high-energy food (tuna pouches, granola bars, trail mix, peanut butter)
- Teabags, instant coffee, Gatorade powder, etc.
- Hand sanitizer
- Chemical "hand warmers"
- Spare clothing (socks, underwear, a pair of sneakers if you wear dress shoes a lot)
- Fire-making tools (lighter, matches, magnesium block, etc.)
- Metal cup (for boiling water