Car with man and woman watching sunset

It was about 9:30 last Monday night when the house started shaking. Some of my earliest memories were of earthquakes and riding them out. When you’re a kid things can be traumatic. This one (5.2) seemed pretty minor and no one in my area was hurt.

Here in Southern California we spend a huge amount of time on the road. I started thinking about what it might be like to be driving during a major shake-up. What do you carry in your car in case of a disaster and being away from home?

There are many great sites for Earthquake preparedness. A few of the best are:

From FEMA: Home Safety Checklist

For the car from Progressive Insurance

I feel better having a few supplies in my car and then updating them periodically. My kit is very basic but includes:

  • First aid supplies
  • Water bottles (very important to rotate every month or two, or make sure to have BPA free plastic containers.)
  • Protein bars – a variety
  • Chewing gum
  • Advil, contact lens solution and anti-bacterial lotion
  • Instant coffee and tea bags
  • An extra wind-proof jacket and socks.
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Small pillow and blanket
  • Rain poncho

There’s so much more that I should be carrying but it’s a work in progress.

Encourage your family members to pack their own kits and to update them consistently. None of us would care to be stranded, no matter what kind of emergency. Being able to help yourself and those near you until help arrives or conditions improve could mean survival.