Are you prepared in the event of a disaster?

emergency kit

Some of the items in Curt’s and my emergency disaster kit.

Early this morning a 6.1 earthquake struck the Napa area. Napa is about 40 miles from where I live.
The 6.1 temblor did not wake me (or The Husband) up, which is surprising because of the size and that people living much more south of me felt it. And I usually wake up.
We had no damage whatsoever at our place.
We can’t predict when an earthquake is going to strike next. Being prepared is important.
After Hurricane Katrina, Curt and I were living in the Bay Area and decided to put an emergency disaster kit together.
We have bottled water, canned food, a chemical toilet, hand crank radio, glow sticks, etc. One of our newest items is the Emergency Power Station, which has four functions: flashlight, radio, siren and cell phone charger.
Years ago Curt was out of town and in one night we had two earthquakes. The pictures above our bed are in “fake” frames. No glass. But the other walls in the room have glass frames. I grabbed my Uggs and kept them by the bed.
Someone mentioned to me that they keep a plastic bag under their bed with a few items. So I now have a plastic bag under the bed with tennis shoes, flashlight, extra batteries and a glow stick.
We also have glow sticks around different parts of the house in case we need to grab one immediately.
In the car I have a kit with all the necessary supplies and a pair of tennis shoes. At work, I also have a pair of tennis shoes … just in case I have to walk home and am wearing stupid shoes to work (the stupid shoes part is about 100% likely).
In November every year I go through our canned food in the emergency kit (and in our pantry). If it is close to expiration (within the next couple of months to a year later) I donate it to the food bank. If it is expired I toss it. And if it will be good until a little more than a year away it stays in the kit.
If you live in an area where natural disasters do occur, it’s a good idea to have a kit put together. You can easily purchase one from the Red Cross or Ready America or you can even put one together yourself.
The Red Cross has a great checklist for you to follow. And even some much more extensive information here.
Be ready and be prepared because we never know.