Emergency Preparedness

I think it’s safe to say that I’m in full blown nesting mode. Baby Lou will be here in about 7 weeks time (if we are lucky) and it definitely feels like time is running out, especially with so much left to do.Along with cleaning out cabinets, making freezer meals, and stocking the pantry I’ve begun to think of other was to prepare for baby’s arrival.

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of earthquakes. In CA we know that the big one is coming. We don’t know when, but there’s no doubt that it’s coming. I lived through the Northridge quake so I know what to expect. “A” on the other hand has never felt one so I worry how he’ll react. Also, soon we’ll have a helpless baby and the responsibility of keeping her safe is weighing heavily on me. Even though “A” rolls his eyes at me I’ve decided we need to put together an emergency kit.

After consulting several helpful websites:
preparesocal.org
fema.gov
redcross.org
earthquakecountry.info

I was able to come up with a list of things the kit should contain. I also learned that you should have enough supplies to last at least 72 hours.

1 gallon drinking water per person/per day
hand radio w/ extra batteries
candles waterproof matches
duct tape
emergency blanket
first aid kit
food (non-perishable)
flashlights
multi-purpose tool
manual can opener
pocket knife
gloves work and disposable
safety whistle
cash in small increments
emergency ladder
copies of personal documents

(A whole preparedness guide can be found here.)

Luckily, I had most things at home already. I just needed to assemble them all in one place and order a few things from Amazon.. The effort was minimal but I know I’m definitely going to sleep better.

I know this is a bit of a random post , I guess bringing a child into the world will do that to you. But at the end of the day it just takes a few easy steps to prepare. I hope this was helpful and maybe inspired you to do the same.

What do you think, will you takes steps to prepare for an emergency?

 

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