Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Fresh Start be prepared 72 hours

Don't know why but I've been thinking earthquake and what if. Not a prepper more like we live in Earthquake country and water will probably be the #1 item on most lists. Though when we had the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The first days Opal Cliffs Market let you buy items if you gave them a rough list of what you needed like bread, jam...but they would pick the brands and what they had and bring out a bag and you paid them cash as close to the amount. When we were standing in line the news helicopters were flying over head filming. Oh joy. And they wheeled out boxes of melting ice cream but not many of us were in the mood to eat it. A few days after the shake and we had power to get a few items I stocked up on candles, water, peanut butter, batteries and other items I saw a few mom's buying kid fruit drinks and cookies. I was wondering WTF but not my problem. When I was in line the lady was looking at my cart and said oh yeah water. I'll be right back. I think she realized she'd stocked up on things that would make the kids happy but for how long. This was the best site I found for How to Prepare.

They have a great illustrated test to see how prepared you are. The site


Here are some good sites and products.

Campmor Campmor Survival link:

Emergency and Survival REI link:

Survive Outdoors Longer Gear also goes by SOL Knife Center

Go-bag List

A component of your disaster kit is your Go-bag. Put the following items together in a backpack or another easy to carry container in case you must evacuate quickly. Prepare one Go-bag for each family member and make sure each has an I.D. tag. You may not be at home when an emergency strikes so keep some additional supplies in your car and at work, considering what you would need for your immediate safety.


Radio – battery operated (I recommend at Eton one it is solar and works amazing)



Dust mask

Pocket knife

Emergency cash in small denominations and quarters for phone calls

Sturdy shoes, a change of clothes, and a warm hat

Local map

Some water and food

Permanent marker, paper and tape

Photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes

List of emergency point-of -contact phone numbers

List of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food

Copy of health insurance and identification cards

Extra prescription eye glasses, hearing aid or other vital personal items

Prescription medications and first aid supplies

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Extra keys to your house and vehicle

Any special-needs items for children, seniors or people with disabilities.

Paper Towels or Toilet Paper

Women's things and kids books or small toys for comfort

Don’t forget to make a Go-bag for your pets.

A few added items for comfort.

Wine Opener Papers or pad and writing utensil. (pencil or pen) Always keep at least 1/3 or half a tank of gas in car. Never know. Comfortable shoes and a skateboard!!! Longboard with soft wheels in trunk might be a good call.

Books like First Aid or other helpful how to books like rope tying.

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