I know we are sitting ducks here in the great PNW for THE BIG ONE - not a question of if, it's when? Pathetically I have no emergency supplies and every time I research this I read that it's better to put your own kit together rather than buying one. I then get overwhelmed with what to buy, how to keep it up to-date, where to store it in my tiny house. All these questions and I'm a professional organizer!!! Anyone know of someone who can help with this?
Pre-made kits are the easiest way to zap this item off your list! Personally I just bought a few things and stuffed them in my garage. A solar iPhone charger. Extra AA batteries. A meal bucket of freeze dried food, lasts for 25 years. A Steripen and a Waterbob. The whole thing was pretty cheap and took around ten minutes on Amazon. If we get hit with an earthquake maybe I'll get to use some of it, who knows.
Oof, I need to do this too. I've been seeing emergency kits at Costco and thought about getting a couple to have on hand and add to it. If you end up storing food, make sure to set reminders in your phones every few months to switch it out as needed since not everything will last forever!
The Emergence Management Web site is really great and putting together a kit can be easily done. The emergency food kits at Costco are a great start. I also recommend attending ( when we are done with the pandemic) a course on emergency preparedness. In a large disaster you should have supplies and water to last two weeks as well as medications and supplies for your pets. The prepacked kits also don't always address dietary restrictions or shelter. I suggest adding a large tarp and rope, large garbage bags and matches. Reminder: in the Northwest we have a ton of bridges and overpasses so make sure that each vehicle has it's own kit, as you may be at work, out shopping or visiting somewhere and it could be quite a while to get home. Good luck and staying safe is essential in an emergency.