we watch disasters unfold in parts of the world with a morbid fascination, and in the back of our minds we think "wow, i'm glad i don't live there!". fact is, you do live there. it just hasn't happened to you yet.
RC was just doing a neighborhood canvas in our area. i was not involved, but got the info after. the idea was to give people the info they needed to be prepared for a disaster. everyone was amazed at how many people were not at all prepared. they had not even given it any thought.
list of items for an emergency kit are easy to come by. i won't repeat them here, but i will add some ideas from my own observations.
1. store your emergency items in an accessible place. if your house comes down and you can't reach your stuff, it does you no good.
2. know who has a wired phone line in your neighborhood, or know where the phone junction box is. many people use computer or cell phone service and they may not work in a disaster. phone lines often survive a disaster and if you have a pocket knife and regular phone, you can hook into one.
3. in your disaster kit, remember your pets. some shelters will now accept pets. having your pets records with yours will help smooth the way.
4. have cash on hand. if power is out, or you have to leave quickly, cash is handy.
5. in addition to other important papers that you keep in your kit, WRITE DOWN important phone numbers. if you are like me, your phone numbers are on speed dial and you don't really know them anymore. if you don't have your phone or your battery dies, you are USC.
6. ziploc you papers. no matter what the disaster, water is often a factor..... pipes break, etc.
7. know how to get out of your area. seems simple, but we all get in the habit of going places on certain roads. know other routes! the one you use may be blocked.
add your own ideas. do what works for you. do it before you need it!