Where Should I Keep My Earthquake Bag??

Where Should I Keep My Earthquake Bag??

Living in an area susceptible to natural disasters, we know the possibility of having to leave in a moment’s notice is very real. With all the many times we’ve heard that the worst storm or the worst earthquake is on its way, we’ve become indifferent. But the truth is, people are displaced from their homes during disasters. We’ve seen it twice this past summer in Texas and Florida. And sometimes these people are left without the things they need to survive.

In THIS POST about Hurricane Harvey, we talk about the amount of time it takes time for first responders and emergency supplies to reach affected areas. Debris, unsafe conditions, and lack of roadways can cause significant delays in rescue efforts.

So, what can we do to protect our family and prepare for whatever may come our way?

  • Have supplies on hand
  • Educate ourselves about the things we need
  • Store necessities in an accessible place and establish a plan of communication

We don’t know where we’ll be during an emergency evacuation so keeping supplies in a few different places is really the best approach.

Preparing your home

Your home is where you spend the most time, so obviously you want to have an earthquake bag stored somewhere in your home.

The best location is easily accessible, like a coat closet near the main door or under a bench in your entryway.

Avoid putting it anywhere it could be buried. The bottom of the coat closet is not ideal because it will probably find its way under boots, coats, luggage or the Halloween decorations. Let’s face it, coat closet are hard to organize. Your best bet is to put it on a shelf so you can pull it out easily, at any given moment.

Make sure you keep it dry. An emergency bag is likely to sustain lots of different environmental circumstances, but don’t chance it.

And check it every so often, make sure you remember where you stored it, make sure the contents are in working order, and that you have enough supplies. Maybe your family has grown, you’ve accumulated new pets, children or a dependent parent, make sure everyone’s covered.

We have earthquake bags designed specifically for your pet, because they’re a part of your family too. Check them out here.

Preparing your workspace

It’s possible that you will need to quickly evacuate from your office and you won’t be home to access your earthquake bag.

Having a bag on hand is the smart thing to do. Even a Mini Bag could make a huge difference in making it home.

When you are storing an emergency bag in your office or workspace, keep it somewhere it will not be moved by maintenance staff or a coworker.

If you have access to a locked drawer or shelf for personal use, keep your bag there.

And keep a plan for communication and a meeting place in the bag. When you’re at home with your family, it’s a lot easier to organize evacuation efforts but if you find yourself in different areas,  you should have a plan in place to get in touch.

Preparing your vehicle

Two of the best reasons to have a bag in your vehicle:

  1. You could be driving when disaster hits and may not be able to return home
  2. You can supplement the bag you have from home or your workspace with whatever supplies you have in your car.

There is no such thing as being over prepared for a natural disaster.

Keeping an earthquake bag in your car is also smart for more than just evacuation purposes. If you ever get stuck in your car, even if not for a major disaster, you’ll have the supplies on hand that you need as you’re waiting for help to arrive.

Educate, Prepare, Inspect, Repeat

The most important thing to remember about storing your earthquake bag is to keep it accessible, dry, and fully stocked.

Just purchasing the bag is not enough; check it every so often to make sure everything you need is there, all things are in working order, they’re unexpired and free from exposure to the elements.

It should be easily accessible by all members of your family and communication plans should be established and stored inside.

The best way to protect ourselves and our family is with education and preparation.

And if you’re a business owner and you want to keep your workspace stocked for the team, check out our bulk offers.

We, at The Earthquake Bag, want to help you and the people you care about stay safe. Grab a checklist and take a look at our FAQs and find out more.

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  • Skyler Hallgren
Comments 8
  • Dana GIlkison
    Dana GIlkison

    We have chosen to put the EB in our van because it is safely hidden in a compartment designed for the seats to fold into so no one would know it is there. We have decided on putting it there because we live on a major stream fed by a reservoir which would be very vulnerable to an earthquake. Meaning we would have little time to clear the area. We also put our emergency water purifier in there as well in case we can’t return home within 3 days.

  • Nancy Anderson
    Nancy Anderson

    I concur with other commenters that these products are the best quality out there. After years of putting this off, I feel semi prepared. I still need to add some extra clothes, cash, and important papers and we’ll be ready. I appreciate the personal help from Zach when I called to assure the family bags I purchased for my married sons would arrive at THEIR cities. This is a very good, customer-focused company!!

  • Erica

    I just bought three of the small kits for our cars. These give me a little peace of mind if an earthquake or other emergency hits. I made my own earthquake kit a couple of years ago for home. I wish I knew about these products before I had to purchase everything separately.

  • Edie Osterhues
    Edie Osterhues

    I’ve an emergency stash in the house, ordered this earthquake bag for the car. I am also going on vacation next month and it’s going with me.

  • Stephanie Whitney
    Stephanie Whitney

    I am a widow and have only my 15 yr old dog with me. I am so grateful. She and I will sleep better tonight.

  • Jennifer

    My 11 year old son was having a lot of anxiety about natural disasters. I asked him if he would feel better if he helped me research and pick an Earthquake Bag for our family. He did and was so excited when it was delivered. He has added a few things of his own and I can tell he feels safer having it in the house. Thank you!

  • Lyn Crow
    Lyn Crow

    I can finally sleep at night! I am ready for the earthquake if it comes. I have everything I need for the car and my apartment. The quality of these bags and their contents are top notch. You get what you pay for and looking over these bags and their contents I realize I got the best. I also appreciate the help I got on the phone when I was trying to decide which bag I should purchase. Surprisingly I was talked into the less expensive one! Can you believe it.? I am a customer for life!!!

  • Susan Dahl
    Susan Dahl

    Thanks so much! This is a great piece of equipment! Well thought out!

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