When the earthquake hits

We have always learnt that in the event of an earthquake we are to:

  1. Get under our desk or table ( of in a door frame)
  2. Shield our heads and torso area
  3. Count 60 seconds after the shaking stops
  4. Get into an open area of land in an orderly fashion

While all of these are good, and you SHOULD do these things.  These things will not help you  past the schoolyard.  From that point on you are on your own. (they never told you that part)

If a quake is large enough many veins of transportation may be knock out.  Motorways, bridges, shipyards, train rails.  Without a transportation system many institutions and things we take for granted are jeopardized.  A few things to think about follow:

  1. How will supermarkets get its food to sell?
  2. How will the ambulance make it to the injured, how will it get to the hospital?
  3. How long can your car run without gas?
  4. How will you get your money?
  5. If you cant get your money... how will you buy what you need?

This is not meant to try to scare the daylights out of you.. although if you havent thought of these questions, I hope it did!

If  the damages is bad enough it may take weeks even months for society to return to normal. If enough people have not thought of the questions above, things can get even worse.  Work may halt for vast amounts of people.  Who wants to go to a restaurant when they have to worry about replacing 10 windows in their home.  How many restaurants got their food delivery that day? No money and anxiety can get the best of people.  Angry mobs may patrol the streets, looking for situations to exploit.  

It is important that people take a proactive stance and prepare for worst case scenarios.  It doesn't mean they are going to happen, but in the small chance they do we want our communities to be ready.

Here is a short list of the precautions to take and items to have on hand.  They are easy and cheap, and your RIO may be your sanity, or even, your life.

Your Home:

  • Three 25 lbs bags of wild rice - Rice is calorie dense as well as being cheap and easy to store.
  • Dried Beans -  Beans are a great source of protein and will be a welcome change to your rice diet
  • 20L jerrycan of gasoline
  • mechanically powered LED Flashlight 
  • mechanically powered radio
  • bag of 100 tea candles
  • A bag of Bic lighters
  • Your house should have about 3 blankets per person
  • First Aid kit
  • Portable water filter
  • $500 cash

*There are also premade outdoor survival kit for those who are gearing up to leave society during a chaotic aftermath.  You may want to include this kit in your home precaustions.  You never know just how bad a situation may get.  

Your Vehicle:

Your main goal should be to get back to your home.  This is where all family members should meet.  Its common sense, but in an emergency people may be tempted to do otherwise.  Stay focused and trust everyone will do the same.

  • Always keep your vehicle above a half tank of fuel, for heat and longer than expected commutes
  • Blanket in the trunk
  • A working radio
  • Flashlight
  • Walking shoes
  • Rope
  • First Aid kit


To some it may seem like a lot but to people who have lived through terrible situations it's not.  Create your survival net slowly if you like.  Make a decision to get one element each month.  I hope you never have the need to use it but at the very least you will look smart :)