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After the Canterbury earthquakes, having emergency bags ready is a must.

We were all in shock when the first earthquakes hit Christchurch. We were even more shocked that nobody got hurt in the first round. When the second came, and people did get hurt, we didn’t feel so lucky, and people were suddenly reminded not only of our mortality, but of the fickle Earth we live on. We suffer hurricanes, tornadoes, and now earthquakes are potentially another disaster that may be here to stay for another few decades. Scientists believe our plates are starting to become active again – and so now is the time to start preparing an Emergency Survival Kit to have at home… read on below.

Your emergency survival kit should always be ready…

You might be in the centre of a city, but the fact is, when a civil emergency happens, roads get blocked and telecommunications go out the window. We have decided to be proactive in our approach, and we maintain a 3-4 week supply of food, water & essentials in our house. The standard recommendation I believe is food & water for 72 hours, but we all know that some areas were hit so hard, nobody could get things in and out for longer than that.

No matter where you are in the country, there are different kinds of dangers – you have volcanoes here in Auckland, geothermal activity up North and towards Taupo, the earthquakes ravaging the south island and lower part of the north, and not to mention the general storms that like to whirl through at various times.

Our kit includes:

2 x First Aid kids (we have children, so I believe 2 is safe)

6 x packs of bottled water at 9-12L per pack

6 x 800mL WDOM full cream milk

10 x cans tinned spaghetti

10 x cans baked beans

5 x cans tinned fruit

10 x tinned tuna (various flavours/forms)

2 x single gas cookers

1 x dried roast coffee

6 x gas canisters for the gas cooker

1 x bottle vitamin supplements

3 x large packs of pasta/noodles

1 x large bag of Basmati rice

Lots of muesli & protein bars & children snack foods. This isn’t all inclusive, but it covers general health aspects – protein, carbs & fat. I hope this helps someone, and it is something everyone should have on hand – JUST IN CASE. Worst case scenario – you don’t use it, and take it camping instead.

— Katie L.