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We had an earthquake drill recently at work.

Hiding under my desk during an earthquake drill

That’s me under my desk for said drill. I look far too happy for an earthquake.

One of the things we talked about in the debrief was whether anyone had an emergency preparedness kit – you are supposed to have one at home, another one at work, and another one in your car (if you have a car) – and each of them should have enough supplies to last you 72 hours. Given that my emergency preparedness kit consisted of a case of water, some expired power bars that I’ve picked up at various race expos over the years, and a list of all the things that are supposed to be in an emergency preparedness kit, I decided to join the bulk purchase of kits that my office organized1. We got 10% off of any kit and I decided to get the deluxe one, which contains:

  • a 5 day supply of  food ration
  • a 6 day supply of water
  • tablets to purify 10 L of water
  • sleeping bag, rain poncho, and tube tent
  • hand cranked radio/light/USB charger
  • 36 hour candles & waterproof matches
  • 108 piece first aid kit
  • vinyl gloves and work gloves
  • surgical mask
  • safety whistle
  • Swiss army knife
  • utility cord
  • tissues & duct tape
  • a backpack to carry it all in

emergency preparedness kit

emergency preparedness kit

emergency preparedness kit

emergency preparedness kit

Watson inspecting my new emergency preparedness kit

I’ve also still got my case of water (plus a few bottles of water that I’ve gotten at various events2 ), and I always make sure I have a supply of cat food on hand for the kitties. So I’m now prepared to weather 72 hours post-emergency, so long as I’m at home when it happens. And as long as the zombies don’t figure out a way to get up to my floor of the building. Because you know it’s really the zombie apocalypse that we need to be prepared for.

  1. As per usual, I have no affiliation with this company. []
  2. As a general rule, I’m opposed to bottled water, which is terrible for the environment and a huge waste of money, especially in a place like Vancouver where we have very high quality, safe water. But it’s useful for emergency preparedness kits. You can’t just fill up glass bottles with water as they might break in an earthquake []


Do You Have An Emergency Kit?


Last week was Emergency Preparedness Week.  In a display of how utterly unprepared I am, here are the contents of my partially completed earthquake kit:


My kit, so far, contains:

  • an insufficient amount of water
  • all the energy bars I picked up as free samples at the expo at the Vancouver International Marathon
  • a printed listed of all the stuff that should be in my emergency kit

But at least it’s a start, right?