Where to Store Your Earthquake Kit

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I made a post Best Earthquake Kit Review – Top 3 for Your Family of 4 yesterday and a user asked me a very good question.

He asked:

“Since an earthquake is something that can happen in a matter of seconds, how do you deal with your kit. You don’t carry the kit around so how do you ensure it will be handy for you if any thing happens?”.

This made me realize that even when people finally take action and buy an earthquake kit, they might not be storing it in an appropriate location that will be easily accessible and useful to them. If they aren’t able to access it during a disaster then it defeats its purpose.

It’s not an exact science but today I’ll be talking about options on where you should store your earthquake kit so that it will be easily accessible and useful when you need it.

Where should I store it?

“Location! Location! Location! Just like buying a house or setting up a brick and mortar business, location is VERY important. It’s hard to pinpoint a particular place and say where it should go since you can think of situations where it might not work for any given location but you want to have quick and easy access to it

When an earthquake strikes, you never know how much time you have before an aftershock strikes or parts of the building collapse so time is of the essence. Also, make sure that you don’t have things blocking or on top of it which can make getting it out difficult. And because you never know when an earthquake will strike or where you’ll be, you should be prepared and have an earthquake kit for your home, car, and even office.


 

Car

Red Car

This is an easy one. You should store your car earthquake kit in the trunk (no-brainer there). Most people overlook getting an earthquake kit for the car but seeing as people need to get from one place to another, whether it be to/from work, to/from shopping, to/from anywhere, it would definitely be a smart thing to have.


 

Office

Office

Just like a home earthquake kit, you should place it somewhere easy to access and somewhere you spend most of your time. A good place is beside or under your desk (if you have room). You don’t want to keep it locked away in the supply closet because what if the person with the key is not there? You want to keep it close by where you can freely access it at a moments notice.


 

Home

Home

This is the most common earthquake kit purchased as most people spend the majority of their time at home (whether you’re awake or sleeping). The best location will vary as people will spend more time in one place than others. Again, there can be cases where a certain location may not work (trapped inside so you don’t have access outside, or closet blocked so can’t access, or room blocked so can’t access) so I will just give the best suggestions on where you should put your earthquake kit since there’s a lot of area to cover.

One good place is the garage. Garages are usually built on top of solid concrete floors that should be more stable during a major earthquake. Remember not to put it in the corner with all your other stuff piling on top of it or having your lawnmower blocking it’s way.

If you don’t have a garage, Another location is in a closet or shelf that’s close to where you occupy most of your time like near the living room or bedroom. My other recommendation is a closet near the front door. You are NOT supposed to try to run out (if you are already indoors) when an earthquake hits but after things calm down you will most likely leave your home and go outside. If the earthquake kit is near the door then you can grab it on your way out without wasting too much time.


 

Final Thoughts

There’s no “perfect” place to put your earthquake kit as it totally depends on your living habits and where you frequent most but two very important things to consider are to make sure it is somewhere close by (you don’t want to waste time going to another room to get your kit and backtrack to get out of your home) and make sure that it is accessible (make sure there’s nothing blocking it or nothing on top that will give you trouble getting it out).

Do you have an earthquake kit? Where do you store yours? Add a comment below and tell us where your best storage spot is.

8 Comments

  1. Alexey

    Hey there, it’s Alexey. I think this is super valuable article, and it’s very important to have our kit, and store it in a strategic way. Thank you for the share!

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  2. Roger

    Andy,

    I did not know that the concrete floor of a garage makes it more stable during an earthquake! Interesting and useful fact.

    I’m thinking it would be good to have an earthquake kit in the garage AND next to the front door. As you say, experts advise staying inside during the quake, but having the kits located strategically near where you will eventually exit does make sense.

    And having one in the car and at work is a great idea! Anyone who’s experienced an earthquake while in those locations is likely to agree.

    I remember after the 1989 quake in San Francisco, the radio (TV was temporarily unavailable) newscasters kept repeating, “If you are not an emergency services provider, please do not go downtown.” I was shaving, and when I heard that for the third time, I thought, “I’m a legal secretary; that is NOT an emergency services provider!” The fear is that aftershocks could cause damage to the windows in tall buildings, and “rain glass” down on people below!

    Fresh water, food, cash, and other items are good to have ready to go if you are stuck in a quake!

    Stay safe.

    Roger

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    1. Andy (Post author)

      Thanks for the reply Roger!
      Yes, you are right. It would be a great idea to have an earthquake kit in the garage and next to your door since you never know where you’ll be. If you’re already outside in the yard and something happens to the house, at least you’ll have an emergency kit in the garage as well.

      The tip about not going downtown is very valid. Glass coming down on you from tall buildings are very deadly and thanks for pointing out that storing cash is a good thing since you might not have time to grab your wallet when an earthquake strikes.

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  3. Matt's Mom

    Wow, what a great and unique website. Looks like you have lots of great information on how to be prepared for an earthquake. I lived in Alaska for 22 years, and know first hand what an earthquake can do. I never even thought to be prepared with an earthquake kit. I would think that at home is the best choice, but if I were still in Alaska, I’d say that my own personal kit at work would be good too. Great post and great site with lots of information.

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    1. Andy (Post author)

      Yeah, Alaska has the second biggest earthquake on record back in 1964 (magnitude 9.2) so it would have been good to have an earthquake kit just in case. Hopefully you live in a place where there is low risk for earthquakes now.

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  4. Nicole

    My husband and I have a “go bag” in our home and always wonder where the absolute best place is to store it. I never would have thought to store it in the garage. We actually have this big go bag in the closet by our front door and then a couple smaller ones in frequented rooms. My husband also has one in his work vehicle since it is basically an office on wheels, but I do not have one in our personal vehicle. Thank you for sharing this information!

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    1. Andy (Post author)

      That’s great Nicole! I’m glad you are well prepared for a disaster. It’s very smart of you to have go bags in various locations in your home since you never know where you’ll be when an earthquake strikes. Good job!

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  5. Scott

    This is great information to have. I don’t live in an earthquake area and never thought I would need something like this but we have actually had several earthquakes in this area lately. Gets me thinking! Thanks for bringing the need for an earthquake kit to my attention.

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