Assembling an Earthquake Survival Kit for Your Car

If you live in an area that is highly prone to earthquakes, it's smart to keep an earthquake survival kit handy. In homes where the building itself is at risk of collapse and where you may not be able to access a kit that you store, you may also wish to put together a smaller earthquake survival kit to keep in the trunk of your car. Being adequately prepared for an earthquake is the best way to survive and to remain healthy if this natural disaster should occur. Read on for a brief guide on assembling an earthquake survival kit for your car.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Bandaids and bandages
  • Soap
  • Disinfectant
  • Plastic first aid kit
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Propane camp stove
  • Change of clothes
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Tent
  • Small tool kit
  • Canned food and bottled water
  • Secure box

Step 1 - Assemble a First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is not only a good thing to keep in your car for the case of an earthquake, but it's important to have around in general as well. If you or someone that you're driving with should suffer from an injury or require medical attention while you're away from a medical facility, a properly stocked first aid kit can help to treat that patient in the meantime. The kit should be a hard plastic box that has enough room to contain at least bandaids, bandages, soap, disinfectant to clean wounds, and toilet paper. If there's room, consider also including non-latex gloves and antibiotic cream, as well as pain relief medicine.

Step 2 - Put Together Basic Toiletries

A basic toiletry kit is also an essential thing to keep with you in the event of an earthquake. Include a toothbrush and toothpaste, toilet paper and small plastic garbage bags to help transport items and deal with trash that you produce.

Step 3 - Gather Survival Items

If your area is hit with an earthquake, you may not have power or access to electricity or gas. Therefore, you'll need to be prepared to accomplish some of the basic functions that you take for granted, like eating and sleeping. Bringing a change of clothes, a blanket or sleeping bag, and a small tent will help to ensure that you have a place to sleep. A propane camp stove can help to prepare food. You should also bring some canned food and bottled water to eat and drink in case there aren't food options readily available to you. Finally, a flashlight and batteries is absolutely essential so that you can see what you're doing in the dark.

Step 4 - Secure the Kit

Place all of the items that you've gathered into a box and secure it with a lid. It's important that the box be able to get wet and to stay in the trunk for a long time without causing damage to the items inside, so be sure to test the strength of the box first.