Living in Orange County California often required different types of organizing than living, say, in Wisconsin.  Here, we have Earthquakes.

Many of my clients have me create, and maintain an ‘Earthquake Preparedness Kit’ for them.  I update it each year making certain dates on food and medication are current, and that batteries work.

If you don’t have some type of box with things in ‘just in case’, you may want to think about it.  We were in the epicenter of on a couple of weeks ago- it was only 3.9, but it got me to thinking about writing this as a blog post.

Here is the short list of things to put into your box or boxes.  I suggest a giant rubbermaid container or bin:

1. Sweatpants and Sweatshirts for everyone in the family, as well as a blanket or two

2. Any prescription medication, extra glasses, or contacts

3. Any type of over the counter medication you use: Advil, Benadryl, and Peptobismo, Cold or Flu medication

4. A complete first aid kit

5. Toothpaste, toothbrushes, and personal care items

6. Food- Canned goods (high calorie, high protein), Peanut butter (a lot), evaporated milk, High calorie protein bars,

7. Walter Filtration Tablets; Flashlights, batteries, Flares, Radio,

8. Water, Juice, Gatoraid

9. Complete emergency kits are available if you don’t want to pack your own- I’ve used:

Also remember to have an evacuation or safety plan for you and your family.

Remember to check this kit annually.