I am not one of those people who stay calm in an emergency and the worst thing for us was that our daughter was at her friend's house for the night so we were not all together. I was standing under a doorway shrieking like a banshee. Later that night, I had trouble getting to sleep because I felt that if I was awake, I would be more prepared. What if the big one is coming?
The only thing to do is be prepared! There is nothing like a big earthquake to helpfully remind us to top up our survival kits. Do you have?
- Torch with spare batteries or a self-charging torch
- Radio with spare batteries
- Wind and waterproof clothing, sun hats, and strong outdoor shoes.
- First aid kit and essential medicines
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Pet supplies
- Toilet paper and large rubbish bags for your emergency toilet
- Face and dust masks
Food and water for at least three days
- Non-perishable food (canned or dried food)
- Food, formula and drinks for babies and small children
- Water for drinking. At least 3 litres per person, per day
- Water for washing and cooking
- A primus or gas barbeque to cook on
- A can opener
I am off to the supermarket to get anything we don't have with my trusty tick sheet.