When East Coast Earthquake 2011 happened yesterday, I grabbed my earthquake emergency kit, my baby and ran for the closest doorway, ready to wait out the aftershocks.
Or… I drove home from Target and had no idea anything happened until I pulled up Facebook during the baby’s nap.
If you picked scenario B, ding ding! You’re right, I had no idea the earthquake happened. Apparently it was enough to evacuate buildings in Huntington and Charleston, but not to shake my little Honda. For that, I am thankful.
I’m also thankful the quake did minimal damage, and hope those who had property destroyed can build it back, stronger than before. I have a lot of friends in Richmond, Charlottesville and D.C., and I’m thankful they are all OK.
For me, the quake and the impending Hurricane Irene made me pause and wonder what I would do, as the caretaker of my family, if a natural disaster were to happen (other than a flood — we have plenty of practice with floods).
I really have no idea. I guess we would need food, shelter and water for most disasters, so I’ll start there.
Shelter: The house we have. Our vehicles. The cellar-like crawl space. I guess you work with what you’ve got, so we would stick to one of those until we could get to an emergency control center.
Water: There are four 3-liter jugs of water in the trunk of my car. That would last approximately eight toilet flushes. FEMA says you should have a three-day supply of water, and average 1 gallon a day for every person in your house. We should get more water. There’s also a stash of New England microbrews in the laundry room. I don’t drink, but in the case of survival, they would work. (Though I’m left to wonder where the boyfriend has them placed on the list of priorities. Drink before water or reserve until water runs out?)
Food: Let’s see… there’s a four-pack of Campbell’s tomato soup in the cabinet. An unopened pack of butter-flavored Crisco. Some flour. Cereal and breakfast bars. I guess we could have tomato soup pie with a Cap’n Crunch crust.
As you can see, we’re not very prepared. There are no weapons in the house, so we’re defenseless against a zombie apocalypse. We have no emergency fund or stocked pantry. We need to get started.
Do any of you have plans for such an occasion? A full fridge and pantry? A lockbox of important papers? Please share any tips or ideas to keep our little family safe.