How Are You And Your Family Preparing For Emergencies?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Dynasty

   When I was living at Northridge, California, where there were frequent small quake shocks about 10 years ago, all we had for emergencies where about 10 5-Gallon water bottles and a few canned foods. Thinking about then we were very inadequate on a real emergency that is why the last few years we been stocking up on water, canned foods, emergency blankets, rations, flash lights, etc. that was purchased from outside vendors for about $100 - $200.

    What is so special about buying these kits?
   What is good about buying these kits is that it saves you time from gathering each individual item and it might cost a little less. At least there is the basic water, bandaids, and heated blankets. The water packets is suppose to keep the water fresh for 5 years and the rations is also suppose to last for 5 years.

Emergency Supply Kit

   Just because we have emergency supplies, are we sure they really work?
  A few months ago while going on a camping trip, I took a few emergency water and ration packets with me. Along the water, one of the little girl was thirsty and needed some water to drink. I gave her an emergency water to drink. She felt less thirsty and told me would not have drank it under any other circumstances. Ok, now I figured to switch out the emergency water with bottle waters. The ration was awefully bad. Would need to switch it out with some rice, Cup O'Noodles, and dried food.

  I was thinking of adding a gas powered electricity generator to the back of the house, but worried about the safety hazzard. Occassionally I add in a few items to the emergency kits and switch out the food and water every year. Hopefully that would be enough for an emergency.

Comments (4)

Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

Guess that this is so important to understand the need for prepping for emergencies...instead of getting exposed.  Amazing.

Jan 16, 2011 04:43 PM
Larry & Jacque Ficek
Alaska Dream Makers - Wasilla, AK
Realtors - Wasilla Alaska

Hi there Song,

We only have one main road through our part of the state (sounds bad, but true) and having an emergency kit and extra supplies is a necessity. 

So, between snow, traffic accidents, power outages due to weather, and lots of earthquakes, everyone should have a kit.

Thanks for the reminder!


Jan 16, 2011 05:09 PM
Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

Here along the Texas Gulf Coast we have to worry about hurricanes during the summer months. Every time one comes along, there is a rush to stock up on canned food, water, gasoline, batteries and plywood. It's best to already have most of that stuff on hand before the storm enters the Gulf. Good advice, thanks for posting!

Jan 16, 2011 05:19 PM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

After living in California and going through several earthquakes, we always have an emergency kit available.  Rotating supplies to keep them fresh is important if the need arises to use the kit.


Jan 16, 2011 05:33 PM