Back in December of 2015 an earthquake was a huge reality check for BC’s South Coast. The girls were in bed, Addie was only 2 months old and we had finally got her to sleep. We will always remember the shaking of our home. The magnitude of the earthquake ranged from 4.3 to 4.9. Many realized that they needed to take things seriously and get prepared for an emergency by having an Earthquake Kit in their home.
You think that would have gotten us in gear to have a kit. We did start to collect a few item but never had a complete kit with what we would need if a large quake struck again leaving us in need. Thankfully, friends introduced us to EarthquakeKit.ca This company has a goal of there being an Earthquake kit in every home in Bc. They are even going door to door in an effort to educate on the importance of having a kit.
EarthquakeKit.ca provided our family with a Deluxe 4 person 72hrs Backpack Earthquake Kit. Our first question when we received it was “Where should we keep the kit?” and we were informed that it’s best to keep it in a front closet where you can grab it in a hurry and get out. Another option is keeping it under a bed. People that live in a house should also try to keep the earthquake kit in a ground floor closet away from exterior walls. Ours will be going in the only closet we have on the ground floor.
The thing we noticed immediately about the earthquake kits is how well they are packed. Everything is organized efficiently so you know what is where inside of it. We loved seeing that a first aid kit was right there on the top when we opened one of the backpacks. These kits are truly more than just earthquake kits, they are emergency kits if something were to happen, they have what you need in them.
What’s inside a 72-hour Earthquake Kit?
- (4) Datrex or SOS 3600 Calorie Emergency Food Rations:
5-year shelf life, 5 Day Supply of Food, Canadian coast guard and Transport Canada approved, made in the USA
- (48) Datrex or SOS 125ml Water Rations:
5-year shelf life, 6 Day Supply of Water, Canadian coast guard and Transport Canada approved, made in USA, withstands temperature from (-40°C to 99°C) without bursting.
- (10) Aquatabs Water Purification Tablets:
10 tablets treat up to 20L, fast acting, great taste, iodine free.
- (4) Emergency Sleeping Bags
Great for emergency camping, boating, hiking made of durable mylar space age material, retains/reflects back 90% of body heat, reusable, waterproof and windproof and can be used as a group cover emergency blanket
- (4) Hooded Rain Ponchos:
Protection against the elements, lightweight.
- (2) Tube Tents
Provides shelter for two people, flame resistant fabric, orange colour for air signal, can be used as a ground sheet or tarp.
- (1) Roll Duct Tape
- (1) Hand-Crank Powered Light, AM/FM Radio and USB Device Charger
- (3) 1 LED Flashlight with 100 Hours Built-In (Recharged by Hand Cranks):
100 hours of power built in, subsequently powered by mechanical hand cranks. 1-2 minute of hand cranking gets 30 minutes of non-stop light.
- (1) Three Wick 36HR Emergency Candle
- (40) Waterproof Matches
- 108 Pcs First Aid Kit
- (1) Safety Whistle
- (4) Surgical Masks
- (1) Pair Vinyl Gloves (latex free, powder free)
- (1) Pair Heavy Duty Work Gloves
- (1) Multi-Function Army Knife (7 Stainless steel Tools) Knife, Bottle Opener, Corkscrew, Philips screwdriver, Scissors, Nail File, Can Opener.
- (1) 50ft Nylon Utility Cord
- (4) Tissue Packs
- (2) Waterproof Backpacks
We definitely feel much more prepared for if something were to happen. We still have a few odds and ends to collect before our kit is 100% complete. Things like medication, diapers + wipes, clothing that for each family member, and a few other items that will be stocked together.
EarthquakeKit.ca has more than backpack kits for the family too. You can find food options, pet earthquake kits, earthquake kits for the car, fire ladders, and even a basic roadside emergency kit. It is evident that the people behind this company have put a lot of thought into what they provide.
One thing that we noted right away is that they are dedicated to their customer service. The company tracks the expiry date and will contact you when items need t be replaced. No need to replace the whole kit, just what has reached an expiry date. Order the kit you need online and you will either receive free hand delivery to your home or within 72 hours of placing an order, you will receive a personal call to inform you of the status of your delivery. The earthquake kit is shipped for free with tracking and should arrive within a week.
If you live in BC and are in an area that is considered high risk for an earthquake please make sure you are prepared and get a kit from EarthquakeKit.ca it could mean all the difference in an emergency situation. We don’t know if a bigger earthquake is going to hit soon. We know we feel better being ready.
Earthquakekit.ca has very kindly offered for one reader to win a deluxe 4 person earthquake kit. This will help one more family be prepared. To enter, use the form below. This giveaway is open to residents of Canada.
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UPDATE: Earthquakekit.ca has opened this giveaway up to all of Canada!
Disclosure: This post we were provided with product in exchange for this blog post feature, however, all opinions are our own. We are sharing with you because having a kit to prepare for an emergency is important.