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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.