Sunday, March 13, 2011

Emergency Preparedness Kit

If the recent 8.9 quake that devastated Japan hasn't gotten you spooked about emergency preparedness, you should cancel any insurance you have on your house and person.
After all, it only happens to someone else, right?

Otherwise, you may want to look into an Emergency Preparedness Kit. If, like me, you're too lazy to assemble one yourself with the scores of items you should have in it, you can try the Red Cross or Costco. Yes, Costco.

The Red Cross has personal Emergency Preparedness Kits weighing in at 2.65 kg (5.85 lbs). NO FOOD. NO WATER. It comes with a collapsible water container. There's no size indicated for the container, but as the basic recommendations range from 2 to 4 liters per person per day, you can expect it to be at least 6 liters.

Costco has an Emergency Preparedness Kit for 4 people. It is a single kit that weighs 11.8 kg (26 lb.). This includes an empty 10-litre water carrier, but also includes packages of water with a 5-year shelf life.
Clearly, this is meant to see action, and in the product information it does say, "This kit is used by professional crews and work units in mobile groups of four or less."
If you expect your family or office crew to be together and stay together, then it's more of a bargain price-wise. The pre-packaged food and water could be trouble, however, if the kit sits around forever (or for over 5 years). At some point you may not bother to replace it. One review on the Costco website claims that they can outlast the 5 years, so it may or may not be an issue.

Naturally, in the wake of the tsunami, at the time of writing this blog they are all SOLD OUT. That doesn't stop you from putting in an order, though.

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