One of the things I think about, whether we are camping or at home, is the threat of an emergency. We live in the Pacific Northwest where there is potential for a 9.0 magnitude earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone.
You never know what type of emergency will arise, but I want us to be as prepared as we can, for my family and the children in our daycare.
Anytime I hear there is an earthquake near the subduction zone, even a small one, I remind myself that an emergency could happen at any time.
So with that in mind, I thought I would share with all of you some of the precautions I take and how I’ve planned for an emergency. It’s a work in progress, so feel free to share with me your ideas as well. Here they are…
Having enough water in an emergency is one of my biggest concerns, so we have put a quite a bit of effort into this precaution.
In our backyard Ryan and I set up a rain water collection system along the side of our home. It collects water from the gutter off our shed and drains into a 50 gallon barrel. We have 3 full 50 gallon barrels currently storing water.
You can purchase kits at a home improvement store that make this project super easy, and it was not too expensive. We started with one barrel and then the following summer added 2 more.
In our home we have a water dispenser from McKenzie Mist that holds 5 gallon jugs. We love having this water dispenser because it keeps it cold and hot. I can instantly make a cup of tea or a cold glass of water. We usually keep 5 or 6 of these 5 gallon jugs in our home.
When we are traveling, we always take at least one 5 gallon jug with us, and in our bug out bag we keep water purification tablets. It’s not a ton of water, but it would last us a while.
I wish I knew more about food preservation, and had the time to can my own produce, but I do keep our pantry as full as can be most of the time.
We have bags of beans, rice, lentils, cases of canned food, soy milk, nuts, granola bars and enough to last for quite some time. What I do need to work on is the food for our bug out bags.
If we were to lose power our family has a generator and also a propane stove and fire pit. We just have to make sure to have propane tanks available.
We’re not the best at this one, we sometimes even run out of propane while camping, don’t we Ryan?🙄
We try to take our emergency kit with us wherever we go. We really need to purchase one that stays in our truck, but currently we just have the one.
Emergency kits are all so different, and they do get depleted over time. It’s always a good idea to go through your kit and see if you need any extra supplies. I like to add some children’s Tylenol or children’s Motrin and allergy medicine in ours.
🚨Bug Out Bag
I am in the process of upgrading our bug out bag, and having more than one. In it we have our emergency kit, flashlights, water purification tablets, candles, lighters, batteries, granola bars and water bottles(it’s quite heavy, I hope in the event that we ever need to use it, we won’t have to run).
On my list of things to get: a pocket knife, MRE’s, battery powered radio.
🚨Earthquake/Fire/Lock Down Drills
Since we are a certified family daycare we are basically licensed as a school, which means we have to practice one of these drills each month. It is a little bit spooky to think of an emergency, and some of the kids get a little bit of anxiety over doing the drills, but I think it is helpful to give children practice with handling emergency situations.
Our family has a plan to meet at the street if our house is not safe. And if we have to evacuate our home, our daycare families know that we will meet them at our rec center.
🚨Ready To Go
Being ready to bug out in a moments notice is not something that I’m very prepared to do, but I’m trying to work on this one. It’s helpful if you have some cash on hand, maybe stored in your bug out bag. Keeping your car at least half full of gas is a good rule of thumb.
We have just one family bug out bag, but I know families that have a bag for each family member. This seems like the best idea, as families aren’t always together.
🚨A Few Helpful Links
I would love to know how your family prepares for an emergency and what type of emergency you prepare for. I sometimes get anxiety about the threat of an earthquake in our area. Anytime a small earthquake hits our state, the media goes crazy with talks of the big one and encouraging everyone to go to online to ready.gov to be prepared.
I know it is just to be helpful, but sometimes it freaks me out a little. So planning is how I can put that anxiety to work for me. Do you get anxiety for any types of natural disasters in your part of the world?
Thanks for reading and hopefully these precautions will only be that, necessary precautions. But should a natural disaster strike, I hope we will all be prepared.
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