(KUTV) Are you ready for the Big One?
In Utah, we go day to day knowing a long-awaited massive earthquake could hit at any moment. And last week, the New Yorker published a piece explaining that the Really Big One will decimate a “sizeable portion of the costal Northwest.”
Many Utahns have heeded preparation advice for years (it’s a frequent lesson in Sunday School and something Mormons have done since the early Pioneer days.) But not everyone is ready for an emergency should the state lose power, heat, electricity, access to clean water and food for any significant amount of time.
The federal government says you should plan to be self sufficient for three full days, at minimum. It could take at least that long, in truly catastrophic circumstances, for help to arrive.
Building a kit for home, work and the car might be a bit overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be. Have a large supply of canned and ready-to-eat food on hand and make sure it doesn’t need any prep. The more calories and protein, the better. Think beans, chili, tuna and canned meats. Stock up when things are on sale and log expiration dates so you know when to restock the supply.
The American Red Cross sells Emergency Food Rations and Emergency Water kits, which each last five years before the go bad.
It’s not all about food storage, though. The Red Cross kit recommends buying a hand-crank radio/flashlight/phone charger combo and including emergency blankets, extra clothing and important documents the kit. Keep it in a place that’s easy to access, so when disaster strikes, you can get to it in no time.
Here’s the checklist of goods the Red Cross recommends every includes in their kits. For folks who want to be extra prepared, check out FEMA’s list.
72 hour Emergency Kit
Water: One gallon per person, per day.
Food: Non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items
First Aid Kit
Sanitation and personal hygiene items
Copies of personal documents - birth certificates, social security cards, real estate contracts, insurance contracts, bank records and passports, immunization records and any other important personal documents
Cell phone with chargers
Family and Emergency Contact Information
Extra Cash (Small Bills and Coins)
Maps of the area
Baby Supplies: formula, diapers, medications
Pet Supplies: collar, leash, id, food, carrier and bowl
Manual Can Opener
Games and Activities
Extra set of car and house keys
Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
Household Liquid Bleach
Blankets or sleeping bags
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities