October 25, 2005
Guess What I Found - Emergency Prep Continues
I was digging around for cat litter this morning in the closet under the stairs and found two one gallon bottles of water -- part of an earlier attempt at emergency preparation. I wonder how old it is and whether age it matters in water. Anybody know?
October 12, 2005
Looking for Links to Emergency Preparedness Lists?
Robin wondered whether the state of California had some information on emergency preparedness. As a matter of fact they do. It's called:
"Be Smart. Be Responsible. Be Prepared. Be Ready." Here's the link to their site:
I'll add more links to this list in the days to come.
ps: still haven't made much of a start on my emergency kit...how about you?
October 6, 2005
Still All Talk, No Action
I'm not usually like this. I'm an organized person. But I still haven't even STARTED on my emergency preparedness kit.
You, on the other hand, have been writing in TERRIFIC suggestions about where to purchase discount supplies and how to store them.
Water is my main conundrum. I've had more gallon jugs of water explode in the back of my car than you can imagine. My emergency clothing has been soaked and soaked again. Any suggestions on storage of water in hot automobiles?
But wait a minute! Now that I think of it, I DO have spare clothing (shorts, tee shirt, long sleeved shirt, hiking boots, socks, hat, rain poncho) and a flashlight that works and a first aid kit in the back of my car, so I guess I'm not as hopeless as I thought. I really HAVE made a start at getting organized. Sort of.
What else do you keep in your car?
And any ideas about motivating a person to get supplies at work and home organized???
September 27, 2005
This week. I promise. I will get started on my disaster kit.
I sent the husband to Target to look for a large trash can on wheels to keep in the garage to hold items.
September 23, 2005
I admit it. I haven't done a darned thing yet to start my earthquake kit. Some role model I am!
Yes, I have a valid excuse: I've been sick as a dog. I didn't want to infect everyone at Target and the 99 Cent Store with the flu.
But this weekend, I promise to make a start.
How about you? If you're one of those responsible people who's had an earthquake kit for years and updates it annually, let me know. If you, like me, have just started getting your emergency kit act together, let me know as well.
Let's get this done!
September 19, 2005
Something to keep in mind is the advantage of creating your own first aid kit. One is cost; the ability to put together all the contents from a 99 cents store or Rite Aid. But perhaps an even more important reason is if you put it together yourself, you're more likely to remember what the contents are. That could become critical in an emergency when you need to act quickly. Chances are, if you purchased the kit, you may not ever really go through it and know all of the contents.
Okay. I'm going to finally get started on my emergency kit. As I go along, I will include my list of supplies -- and the price. I'm determined to do this on the cheap.
Send me your cost-saving tips for compiling an earthquake kit.
And a listener asked a good question today: whose responsibility is it to provide emergency supplies to those who can barely afford to put food on the table? Will southern California present the face of New Orleans to the rest of the world after our next disaster?
September 13, 2005
Emergency Preparedness Kit Redux
Listener Sandi requested a repeat of that web site with a helpful list of emergency supplies. It's located in the archive for August. But here it is again:
September 12, 2005
Now I Know Why the Telephone Works
Today's power outage raised a question I couldn't answer: why do our phone lines (some of them) work during a power outage? Leave it to our beloved KPCC listeners to come up with the answer. Engineer Todd Thompson sent us an email while we were on the air today and explained it all. He says:
"Normal phone lines that plug into the wall in your home (the ones that do not have a power plug that plugs into the wall) are run off of batteries that are stored in the phone company's central office. Power outages do not affect these phone lines. For this reason it's good to have at least one of these types of phones in your home (i.e. a phone that is not a wireless phone nor a phone that has any AC plug of any type) as these phones may be used during power outages."
It's the best part about "Talk of the City" -- I learn something new every day!
August 31, 2005
Your Earthquake Kit
Alright, I'm a nag.
As I hear about and watch the horrors coming out of Louisiana and Mississippi and Alabama, I'm reminded to do two things: call the Red Cross to make a donation. And take a look at my earthquake kit to make sure it's in order. And of course, it's not.
Hearing stories about people struggling to get by in the days after the hurricane and the flooding reminds me of all the warnings the experts have told us about a major quake: don't expect a lot of major help during the first three days. Be prepared to take care of yourself.
And we were...right after the Northridge quake in 94. Remember when we made sure to fill up the tank BEFORE it got below a quarter tank...just in case there was no electricity? How much gas is in your tank today? And when was the last time you replaced that can of tuna in your emergency kit? Do you really want to eat that seven year old can of fish? Has the plastic water bottle leaked all over your trunk? Mine did.
Here's my nag: get your earthquake kit in order -- water, food, medications, cat food, can opener, tools, cash, etc. Too overwhelming? Here's a handy how-to article from the "San Francisco Chronicle":
Go on. You'll feel better afterwards.