Emergency kits don't make themselves

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  • Most Truthful and Patriotic Layton, UT
    Feb. 20, 2012 5:44 p.m.

    Don't they still sell them at Costco for less than what it would cost to put it together?

    My kit is my pantry. It's NOT downstairs, subject to flood. It will feed my neighbors who have their two-year-supply in a floodable area.

  • JoeDougherty DEM Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 20, 2012 8:22 a.m.


    Again, you bring up some great points!
    People need to keep their emergency kits where they can easily grab them on their way out the door. This is also why we recommend that people have a kit in their car already and one at work.

    You're correct that people should not go into a dangerous home just to get an emergency kit, but I'm going to disagree that this kind of preparation is useless for earthquakes. Having some of those emergency supplies can be of psychological comfort after an earthquake. Survival experts, such as Les Stroud, say that the mere ability to start a fire in a survival situation can also comfort you.

    And you're also right that people should not try to navigate a home while the earth is shaking. They need to drop, cover, and hold on, but then they may have to go somewhere else, even if it's a neighbor's home. And then, wouldn't it be great if they can bring some supplies with them. Thanks again!

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 20, 2012 5:40 a.m.

    This is all well and good for flooding, storms, fire, but for an earthquake this preparation is useless unless you store it outside the home or building. Trying to get to an emergency kit can cost lives and usually stored in out of the way areas of a home.

    One thing I would include in such a kit is SS style dog tags on 24 inch chains with each persons name and address and phone stamped in to them. If someone gets lost or hurt they can be identified to search for family and relatives. These chained tags will work well with children and toddlers who get lost or separated, a low cost permanent ID to help in the aftermath of chaos.

    A substantial earthquake you can feel cannot be navigated in a home amid falling debris and would be of little benefit if needed. If you feel better making one up, go for it but don't waste time to look for it. The Majority of Utah earthquake zones are ones that jellify and everything sinks so keep that in mind. Remember the size of the ancient Lake Bonneville and we have a dry beach that size.