Great ShakeOut earthquake drills help people in homes, schools and organizations improve preparedness and practice how to be safe during earthquakes. You disaster plan should include insurance, which will protect your equipment, furniture, and office space. Here’s a link to a great list of 6 tools for preparing your law firm for a disaster (and here). Today we’re gonna talk about what you should keep handy in an earthquake survival kit if you live in a place that has earthquakes. While we were talking, the conversation came up about people who’ve had to survive in their car for several days – or even weeks – either being snowed-in or because of something like an earthquake. This post should give you an idea of what you should have handy that you could grab quickly if there’s an earthquake to be able to either make it home or wait for rescue.
First thing: there is no be-all, end-all solution for the best emergency kit, bug out bag, get home bag, or INCH (I’m Not Coming Home) bag.
In other words, you have to think about what’s most likely to happen based on what skills you (don’t) have, where you live and where you drive. I’m also assuming you’re carrying at least the basics of an EDC kit (Every Day Carry), like a lighter, a knife, and a flashlight.
One thing you’ll notice is that this bag is heavy on electronics and light on survival gear. If you end up getting something that looks expensive, you might want to consider beating it up a bit or doing something to make it look less expensive. The last thing you want is for someone to notice your expensive bag and then want all the expensive stuff you have in it. If you find yourself without a bag, just up what you can find in a blanket or sheet and wrap it with belts, cordage, wires; whatever. I used to carry flashlights that took CR123A batteries because they’re powerful and I could get batteries from the Army. If you have an iPhone, you won’t be able to use a generic USB cable to charge your phone (obviously). Obviously, a USB cable doesn’t pull in electrons out of the air to shove into your device, so you need something that will.
You should always overlap what you’d need during a critical emergency with things you can use every day or during lesser emergencies – especially things that can serve more than one purpose. If the towers are even working at first, you won’t be able to get through because EVERYONE will be trying. If the roadways collapsed and vehicles couldn’t move, just as with what happened as a result of the Loma Prieta, CA earthquake in 1989, you won’t be driving your car anywhere any time soon. This happened to thousands of people during Katrina and Sandy, and cell phone companies aren’t likely to change any time soon.
Once some semblance of security and immediate medical care is established, some forward-thinkers will have generators running, which will mean lines of people trying to use it, just like they did after Hurricane Sandy and every other major US disaster (or steal it in the middle of the night).
Once you’ve pulled all your equipment together, eliminate any cables or accessories that you don’t need or that are duplicates.
Jumper boxes used to be huge, heavy things you only threw in your car to help someone out who needed a jump. A kit like this will also allow you to charge the jump starter using either generated power you come across or batteries from abandoned cars (which would be WAY too heavy for you to lug around with you instead. For me, if I find myself in a large-scale earthquake across Los Angeles, I’d rather not have to rely finding a line to stand in to charge my battery, or an abandoned car to break into to get to the battery – especially since the security situation may not be conducive to roaming the streets for such things.
Keep in mind that you’ll want to also have some kind of either USB battery, or preferably a car jump starter as mentioned above, so you can charge that instead of directly charging your electronics. If you switch to having only flashlights and other things that take batteries to ones that only use AA, it makes things TONS easier. The other thing this handy little device does is allow you to use the power you’ve stored in your rechargeable batteries (or any other charged AA’s that you come across) to charge your USB devices.
After a large earthquake, you can be pretty sure you won’t be able to use your cell phone, at least any time soon. To be able to charge the radio with either my jump starter battery or a vehicle (or my solar panel with the 12v plug adapter if I really needed to), I got the additional Yaesu 12v DC charger. A radio like this will not only allow you to communicate with others (provided you have a license, which isn’t too hard to get anymore), you can also listen to emergency channels and weather channels so you know what’s going on.
Now every time I mention something about ham radios, some idiot wants to sound all experty and says that you don’t need a ham radio license during an emergency.
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, Baofeng has a few really inexpensive ones that would work in a pinch. If you wear high heels or anything that you wouldn’t be able to walk in for a few miles, you may need to toss in something else. A good poncho can be a lifesaver if you’re stuck outside overnight, which is why we got them in the Army. One of my favorite things, and something that many Soldiers still own and speak quite fondly of if they’ve ever been deployed, is a poncho liner. A hat can help keep you a lot warmer if you find yourself sleeping without heat during a cold night. You’d be amazed at just how quickly your fingers will give out if you’re not used to moving cement and rock all day.
Get a good pair of heavy-duty gloves so you can move what you need to and also give yourself some added protection against being cut or stabbed by sharp objects. Masonry gloves would be what I’d carry if I lived where earthquakes roam.
In case you do run out of water you’ve carried, you should have some kind of water filter as a backup. Because you can’t possibly carry enough water with you to survive a week (each gallon is over 8 pounds and you’d optimally need 2 quarts to a gallon a day), you’ll need to replenish your water supply with what you can find.
With the Mini, you can either drink out of the included collapsible bag or use the included straw. The other nice thing about the Mini is that it has a backflush plunger that will allow you to keep using the same filter for 10’s of thousands of gallons, which is WAY more than pretty much anything out there.
With a compact stove and pot, you can boil water to either make it safe or to use in emergency food pouches. Another great solution is to go even smaller and lighter and use a collapsible wood stove like the Emberlit Titanium stove. Because there isn’t always something like twigs around to burn, and because I’m just plain lazy sometimes, I also carry a trangia alcohol stove.
I was motocamping up in Flagstaff for a while a couple weeks ago and these two other motorcycles pulled up next to me. The easiest can opener to carry would be the old military standby: a P38 can opener (also called a John Wayne by some of my friends). A better option would be to carry some homemade (or at least store-bought) trail mix – sometimes called GORP. Unless I’m mistaken (I’m not a Calfornia cop so you’ll have to check your local ordinances), you should be able to carry a non-switchblade knife in your pocket or bag. If you carry a fixed-blade knife, they’ve decided for you that you can’t wear it unless you wear it out in the open. If you don’t already have a multitool in your EDC kit, I’d throw one of those in the bag as well. A whistle is not only a LOT louder than you can yell, it requires much less effort so you can do it for much longer. Instead, get a real emergency blanket. I have this one in my bag or behind the passenger seat of my Harley at all times.
Unless you live in a small town and never leave, you may have to walk several miles to get where you need to go.
Either seal the map in laminate or put it in some kind of waterproof container that can get banged around a bit without breaking. A GPS is even better if you have it and it works but make sure you have a cable that you can charge it or it’ll be dead weight. In addition to the map, write down the addresses and phone numbers of emergency contacts and friends you have in town. As mentioned above, try to locate each address and mark it on your map so you can find them easier. If you’re a good little ham radio operator, you’ll research all the repeaters in your area and list all that information as well. It’s obviously nice to have them programmed into your radio but keep a written backup as well. If you’ve made an emergency communications plan with your family, you’ll want to have that info listed as well. If you have the room, throw in some toilet paper into your bag and make sure it’s in something that will keep it dry. If you’ve ever been deployed, or even just camping, you know just how awesome it is to have baby wipes with you to take what we call a whore’s bath and then talcum powder for your feet and your nether region. You never know what you’re gonna face until you face it but garbage bags can help you keep things dry in a rainstorm that you hadn’t planned on or keep things organized if you have more things than you can fit into your backpack.


If you have anything that might become a problem, see what your doctor recommends you carry with you because they might be able to give you something or some better ideas. Medicines you need. If you have medicine that you absolutely have to take, see if you can keep a week’s-worth in your bag. In the immediate aftermath of a devastating quake, things will go back to a kind of barter system for a while so prices and values will be whatever the market will bear, and skills can sometimes be more valuable than stuff.
As you can see, the list of things to carry in a bug out bag or get home bag in case of an earthquake is pretty similar to most other bags. After you have everything you think you need, put it on your back andactually carry it for a while. Unfortunately, if you live in CA, you’re not allowed to carry a gun to protect yourself against the thugs you might come across who are carrying guns they aren’t allowed to carry or anyone bigger or anyone who outnumbers you.
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I've lived in California nearly all my life, and I've never purchased an earthquake survival kit, nor have I done much else to prepare for the Big One. Farhad Manjoo is a technology columnist for the New York Times and the author of True Enough. With cloud computing services and cloud storage, there is no excuse for not having adequate data backup methods.
Many law firms and insurance companies offer help to members in creating their disaster plans. You could keep this bag in your car but just make sure you have it where you could get to it if you get more than just some rumblings. Not only is it good for foot fungus, it’s immensely helpful for crotch rot if you find yourself several days in a wet environment, which, as I found in Central America, can make you combat ineffective (or able to walk). I realized two things while I was there: Hollywood does actually have some pretty cool people, and people in the Los Angeles area drive like dicks. Josh has a new talk show coming out soon on CMT that you should check out if your humor’s anything like mine. As with all other kinds of emergency preparedness, you have to analyze the threats you could face, the risks those threats present, your vulnerabilities, and what mitigation strategies you should implement for your most likely circumstances. That’s because I’m assuming you live in an urban area and won’t be needing to survive away from buildings and other people. You should only be carrying it for a few days plus whatever hiking time you take with it to get used to it. If your battery jumper box (or equivalent) doesn’t have a cable for your phone, get one and keep it in your bag. A small USB AC adapter (a good one, not the crappy ones) won’t hurt to carry but you might not have AC available so the next few items will give you a LOT more flexibility. If the local power grid isn’t working, those towers will lose emergency power somewhere within a few hours to a couple of days. That means that you won’t be able to just plug your phone into your 12v plug unless you’re staying with your vehicle, which probably wouldn’t be the case unless it’s a smaller, more local event.
At least China has started addressing the problem with portable charging stations at relief centers to be used after earthquakes but I wouldn’t expect to find anything like that any time soon. They’re now down to about the size of a USB hard drive and can charge your cell phone or even your laptop in most cases.
Solar panel technology is now to the point where you can easily pack a collapsible solar panel that you can lay out on the ground or on the roof to charge your stuff. Some things like iPhones will cut off charging if a cloud or shadow comes over and not kick back on unless you either reconnect the solar panel or have really bright, direct sunlight to kick it back on. It has the jump starter box as well as a folding 12v solar panel that fits in my rear pack document folder thingy. A little device like this Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus will allow you to charge rechargeable AA batteries with the output from a solar panel or portable battery. Flashlights are extremely useful but they’re not so good for covering an area like a room or picnic bench-sized area. So much so that I’ve gotten a few of them now and all my neighbors got some and gave them out as gifts this past Christmas.
There are certainly other radios you can use but this one can handle being out in a rainstorm or dropped in the water. If you’re expecting to pull one out and use it for the first time during an emergency, you’re probably not gonna get through to anyone any time soon. You’re gonna feel like an idiot if your friend is bleeding out while you try to figure out how to adjust your offset freqs to hit the repeater so you can call in for rescue.
They’re MUCH less expensive but they’re harder to figure out and require an adapter to connect a better antenna. It can be worn to keep you dry in the rain or  stretched out as a shelter or a blanket. It’s also useful just to keep all your stuff organized if you want to dump it out on the ground. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t actually lose 80% from the top of your head, but you do lose a lot.
Earthquakes can taint the water in the area so ALL of it that’s not in sealed containers is now suspect. You can also get an adapter kit to put inline with some other kind of water system like a Camelbak.
It fits down inside the solo stove, which not only makes it easy to carry, it makes it more efficient when using it. I carry the fuel in a 12 ounce Pepsi bottle so it doesn’t spill. The only problem with using yellow heet is that you can’t burn something like that in your car due to the fumes. The fumes are a LOT safer and can be used to clean wounds, etc. Theoretically, you can drink it but I’d rather drink pee. You can also use it to fit an AAA battery into an AA slot or as a fire starter with an AA battery and some of your toilet paper. The girl (gorgeous, btw), was just learning to camp and apparently so was the guy showing her. Apparently, according to this finding in 2013, it IS acceptable to carry a fixed-blade knife in your backpack.
It’s durable, large enough to be used as a REAL blanket, and has both a reflective side and a colored side.
I’ve done enough foot surveillance to know that things on foot look completely different than things in a car. In most cases, you’d want to head home but that may not make sense if your work is pretty far. I highly doubt you’d have an extra GPS that you could toss in the bag but grab the one out of your car if you can.
What a repeater does is take your tiny handheld signal and blast it across the city, and take that signal from across the city and send it back to you. There are many places on the internet to start your search but the Amateur Radio Repeater database is a good place to start.
You may run into a situation where people are asking for ID in order to get back into your neighborhood, for instance.
Not only can it double as very good tinder to help get a fire started, you’re a rockstar if you bring toilet paper.Chicks dig toilet paper.
Just clean it with some soap and water and bandage it to keep it from bleeding everywhere and from getting dirty. They don’t take up much room and are super cheap so you’d might as well just throw a couple in there.
Walking through the aftermath of an earthquake can present a lot of mechanical injury or cut dangers and your glasses may break at some point.
If you or anyone close to you has a serious allergy that may present a problem (like bees), try to carry an epipen and some antihistamine. Antihistamine won’t stop a severe reaction but it may buy you some time and will help with more minor symptoms. It’s not the end of the world so most people will realize that they can sell an extra can of chili (maybe for $20) and use that cash next week or soon thereafter.
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My lack of preparedness isn't unusual; one recent survey found that only 40 percent of my fellow Golden Staters have a family emergency plan. Getting all your gear in a single package may be more expensive than spending a day at Costco and a hardware store to assemble your own. Since flashlights, like pens and umbrellas, have a tendency to get lost, buy several; the Red Cross recommends that you keep a flashlight and a pair of sturdy shoes by each person's bedside.
Most survival guides recommend that you keep a portable radio on hand to keep abreast of the news and emergency updates, but many all-in-one kits don't include this crucial device.


If you live in a sunny place and have a lot of gadgets you want to keep charged up, consider a solar charger. If you've stored many of your most precious things digitally, it's a good idea to back that stuff up when you're planning for a disaster. Clio, a cloud-based law practice management provider, is hosting a disaster preparedness webinar. Also, there are many, many things you could substitute that would be equally as good, if not better. If you’re not gonna start, throw in a spare in your bag for each of those items, preferably not an identical spare. It would also help quite a bit if it were the kind of bag that was both a duffel bag and a backpack, but if I had my druthers, I’d choose a backpack over a duffel bag. Because cell towers also go down during events like this, your cell may repeatedly try to connect, which will kill your cell battery even quicker. It doesn’t do you much good to have a cell phone to call for help or find your family if your battery’s dead and you can’t charge it.
The battery won’t care if it’s getting a lot or a little current and can then be used to charge several devices later on, even at night. They also sent me out a charge controller, which allows me to charge my motorcycle battery directly from the solar panel. This means that as long as you don’t lose your batteries, you should never run out of light. It collapses to about the size of a CD case, is waterproof, and charges by just laying it out in the sun.
Pretty much any radio you get is going to need an upgraded antenna because the stock ones suck. You can make them out of old sweatpants legs if you really want to but they make several different types. I carry one of the fleece watch caps I was issued because it packs small, keeps my head toasty, and looks hella sexy.
You can only go a couple days without water and things get pretty uncomfortable way before that point. They’re very compact, filter very well, and with the backflush plunger, can filter 10’s of thousands of gallons of water. Something like the Sawyer Mini is a very compact and effective solutions, which is why I keep one in each vehicle and each pack I carry. You can get the steel version for less but not only is it a little heavier, it’s not as strong. DON’T do that hokey thing where you scrape it on a flat rock or you’ll get stuff everywhere. You could technically go a week without eating and not die, but not only would that be pretty miserable, you’d lose motivation to do things and your thinking won’t be as clear. Since you’re in an urban environment, it shouldn’t be too hard to come up with a way to build a fire but you’ll have to light it. I also carry an Ontario Knives Model II folder in my pocket that I use at least once a day if I’m wearing dress pants or my Gerber 06 S30V tactical that I was issued in Afghanistan for normal pants.
They do add a bit of weight for how small they are though so you’ll have to balance whether it’s worth the extra weight.
During an emergency, sometimes all you need is one friendly contact to make a huge difference. You don’t need a repeater in the area to talk to someone on the same frequency as you (which is called simplex) but it increases your range immensely. I personally carry 750 cord in my pack (because it’s stronger and has more internal strings), but I think there’s enough cordage in a city from wires, belts, shoestrings, and tons of other things that it’s not as necessary. The earthquake bug-out bag is equipped with food, water, shelter and survival tools, all neatly packed in one backpack for speedy evacuation. Earthquake bug-out bags are pre-packed with important supplies so when disaster strikes, you can bug-out quickly and get to safety. The basic and deluxe disaster bags have earthquake supplies for two people while the premium package will accommodate four.
When the massive quake hit Christchurch, New Zealand, last month my wife and I resolved, once more, to finally start preparing for the inevitable. The advantage is that it requires just a couple clicks, and you can do it right this instant (which is what you should do). Fortunately, LED flashlights are small and cheap (this Neiko Super-Bright sells for $4 on Amazon). One of the most popular is the EtA?n Microlink, which sells for $30, and runs on solar and hand-crank powera€”you can turn the crank to power the radio and a built-in flashlight, as well as to charge your phone (the USB port will plug into most phones). You put this $30 solar charger in the sun to keep its internal battery charged; plug in your phone, iPod, or other USB device for a quick backup charge.
FEMA recommends that you make your supplies portable; pack all your gear into a backpack so that you can escape with it in a hurry.
This way you won't have to scramble to save your photos, music, financial documents, and other things when you've got to leave. Every kid in earthquake-prone regions learns this in school, but these lessons tend to evaporate during a disaster.
Remember; the best kit in the world is useless if you don’t have it with you when you need it so don’t get all crazy and pack it full of 70 pounds of crap so you end up leaving it at home.
I keep one on my motorcycle along with a pair of swimming googles in case I get caught in a haboob.
There are many on Amazon or ebay like this one that would still work but they’re not quite as good. Not as sexy as my awesome outback hat I wear everywhere, but just the right amount of sexy for this kind of situation. The likelihood that you’d die of dehydration because you decided not to carry it is MUCH higher.
That’s pretty much a dating faux pas, especially when the guy in the next site is eating steak and corn on the cob, sipping on vodka with a Guinness chaser and has everything necessary for a comfortable weekend, even in the woods.
They’re named from the number of punctures they make around the cans they open (obviously the P-51 was designed for large cans). You may need to plug your ears with something as you blow, and then take them out to listen. It’s only good as a heat reflector or maybe something to keep off a light rain but they’ll rip the first time you use them.
Put a map in your bag that shows friendly “go-to” areas such as police stations, hospitals, and the homes of friends. If it’s a nicety or really useful (and you already have it) but you won’t be able to carry it all for miles, take those things out and put them in your car. The earthquake bug-out kit upgrade incudes a 15-in pry bar, safety goggles, a 4-in-1 emergency tool and a folding shovel with pick. But because you may not be home when disaster strikesa€”or your kit may not be accessible even if you are at homea€”it's a good idea to keep extra supplies in your car and at work. Even a simple water break, roof leak, or break-in, could have catastrophic effects on your own law practice. You’ll need to register online for the event, but this should be a great way to get started. If you’re really all that concerned with it, then just bring a couple gallons and refill them every few days.
You may still be able to use them then but you won’t have to start throwing things out on the side of the road because you can’t carry that much weight.
I hesitated signing up for another marketing gimmick, but after the recent tornadoes, I’m attending.
If you have a few of the other things listed in this article, this will be more than sufficient and a much better solution than one of these.
I lose some efficiency over the solo stove because it’s not a gasifier but it saves weight and space, so it’s now my primary portable wood stove. It's got enough suppliesa€”food bars, water, emergency blankets, first aid supplies, etc.a€”to sustain two people over three days. Bottled water is often stamped with a sell-by date, but these dates are mainly for stock-keeping purposes.



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