Survivault™ has created a list of essential earthquake supplies broken down into fove modules: water, food, shelter, first aid, and sanitation.
First responders and medical professionals frequently cite the Rule of 3’s when it comes to medical emergencies and disasters: You can live 3 minutes without oxygen, 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food. If you have no other earthquake supplies, at least make sure you have plenty of water.
FEMA recommends that every person should have at least 1 gallon of fresh water per day for consumption and hygiene, and to use commercially bottled water. That’s 14 gallons of water minimum for two people and 28 gallons for four.
Please remember to purchase sufficient amounts of bottled water as part of your earthquake supplies.
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Can I drink the water in my water heater instead of storing all this extra water?
Most homes and apartments have a 40-50 gallon water heater. Assuming the tank is accessible, intact and not leaking, you can drink this water. However, it’s safest to have a separate supply and rely on the water heater as a back-up.
Can I drink the water in my toilet’s tank?
The water in the tank of your toilet is potable, but limited to about 1.5 gallons. That’s less than a two day supply for a single person and should not be relied upon as your primary source of water. [NOTE: Do not confuse the tank with the bowl, whose water is NOT potable.]
I have a pool. Can’t I just drink that water?
While pool water is potable, it contains a variety of chemicals that keep the water clear and algae free. As clean as pool water may appear, it is still dirty from leaves and micro debris that have fallen into it. After a major temblor, it is highly likely additional debris has fallen into the pool. Drinking pool water is not recommended as it will have a negative effect on your gut and digestive system.
Storage Tip: Do not store plastic water bottles and jugs directly on concrete. Chemicals in the concrete interact with the plastic and will leach into your water. Place cardboard between the bottles and bare concrete, or store the bottles on a raised platform off the ground.
MODULE 2 – FOOD
There is definitely such a thing as comfort food, and if the situation is serious enough that you have to use your Survivault™ earthquake supplies, a tasty warm meal can make a real difference in everyone’s spirits and ability to cope. That’s why our food module has a week’s worth of breakfast, lunch and dinner items that are surprisingly good and very easy to prepare. We’ve toured the manufacturing facility and have personally tasted all the entrées, which include:
- Spaghetti Marinara
- Tamale Pie
- Mashed Potatoes w/ Chicken Gravy
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Other disaster kits with their MREs and nourishment bars simply don’t even come close to what Survivault™ provides.
In addition to satisfying and tasty food, you may also want to purchase:
- butane stove
- pot & pan
- water bottles
- scouring pad
- dish soap
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Do I need to add any other food to these supplies?
While the Survivault™ Food Module has a week’s worth of delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners, you can never have too much food in our book. You may want to add other items with long shelf lives. Bagged nuts and dried fruits last a while and make good snacks. Crackers last a while too, but can be very salty and increase your water intake. We wouldn’t recommend pasta; while filling, but takes a lot of precious water to cook. You may want to consider pre-cooked canned items with easy-open lids. One of our favorites is sardines, which are high in protein. And while you are adding things to your food supplies, don’t forget vitamins for all.
What about those concentrated nourishment bars they have in other disaster kits?
What about them? Have you ever eaten one of those nourishment bars? We’ll just say they’re easy to store and better than nothing. Did you know those nourishment bars were deliberately formulated to bung you up so you won’t poop for several days? ‘Nuff said.
I have an infant at home. Do you offer food for them?
We’re sorry, but we don’t. If your child is being bottle fed, you should definitely include sufficient powdered formula with your supplies, along with a bottle and nipple. If s/he is transitioning to solid food, be sure you have a supply of those foods as well. Some of them are dried, but many come in glass jars. While not ideal, if you decide to store food in glass jars, take extra care to individually wrap them in cushiony packing material, just as if these were heirloom family china and you were shipping them via Pony Express.
MODULE 3 – SHELTER
It is an entirely possible contingency that after a major earthquake or other disaster, your dwelling may not be habitable and it may not be possible to get out of town to unaffected areas. Without proper shelter, life could get miserable pretty quickly.
Survivault’s™ Shelter Module has everything you’ll need to be as comfortable as possible under the circumstances: tent, sleeping bags, flashlights, batteries and radio. No need to worry if you’re not a rugged outdoorsman; we have carefully selected this tent for its ease-of-use and all-weather durability. The sleeping bags are rated to 30°, which should keep you nice and toasty on just about any Southern California night. Don’t neglect shelter when preparing your earthquake supplies.
I already own a tent and sleeping bags, so I don’t need this Shelter Module.
If your family is like ours, sleeping bags and tents frequently get loaned out to friends and neighbors who don’t have them. The equipment often doesn’t get returned promptly (sometimes we’ve even forgotten we loaned the stuff out in the first place!) or the bags are at the cleaners after a particularly messy sleepover or camping trip. What we’re saying is, things happen and just because you already have tents and sleeping bags, doesn’t mean you’ll have them available to you when a disaster strikes. In the vein of “better safe than sorry”, we strongly encourage you to purchase the Shelter Module even if you have tents and sleeping bags. It’s part of being Seriously Prepared™.
MODULE 4 – FIRST AID
First aid is a critical component of earthquake supplies. There are any number of serious medical situations that can occur during a major disaster, including broken bones and dangerous open wounds. Professional medical help isn’t likely to be available for a period of time, so it is imperative you are prepared to treat whatever situations present themselves.
While designed for use by average people without medical experience, Survivault’s™ First Aid Kit was developed with input from experienced trauma physicians and first responders well versed in dealing with medical situations under catastrophic circumstances. This isn’t some basic off-the-shelf number with a few band aids and gauze rolls, but a comprehensive custom kit designed to address a wide range of possible medical needs in the aftermath of a large disaster, with 50 separate items and 209 pieces.
We’ve included QuikClot®, the same simple-to-apply product the U.S. military has been using on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan to instantly stop major bleeding and save lives, as well as a SAM splint, the flexible but extremely strong support for fractured or injured vertebrae and limbs. NASA includes a SAM splint on every space mission and now you’ll have it too. With Survivault’s™ First Aid Module, you’re Seriously Prepared™.
The Survivault™ First Aid Module includes:
Quik Clot, SAM splint, anti-bacterial wipes, iodine prep pads, alcohol cleansing wipes, assorted sizes of gauze pads, sting relief pads, assorted sizes and types of adhesive bandages, ace bandage, blood stopper bandage, burn gel, burn dressing, finger splints, arm/leg splint, antibiotic ointment, eye pads, sterile eye wash, gauze rolls, adhesive tape, sling, scissors, tweezers, ammonia inhalant, waterproof bandages, trauma pad, compress, lip balm, sun block, assorted OTC pharmaceuticals, cotton ear buds, moleskin, safety pins, AMA First Aid Guide Booklet.
MODULE 5 – SANITATION
It’s very possible sewers and plumbing will be out of commission after a major quake. One area of earthquake supplies and disaster preparation that is almost always overlooked is sanitation: where are you going to go when nature calls, especially when we’re talking about solid waste? You don’t want to be digging holes in your yard and burying your business. Luckily, Survivault’s™ Sanitation Module is the easy and convenient answer.
The Sanitation Module contains a sturdy and discrete toilet that collapses down to the size of a large briefcase and comes with an ample supply of special single-use disposable bio-waste bags with a ziplock seal and a chemical agent that neutralizes odors and solidifies waste. Toilet paper is also included in this module, along with the same pharmaceutical body wipes hospitals use to bathe patients who are unable to access a shower. Survivault’s™ Santitation Module has you covered from top to bottom. Not matter what comes your way, you’re Seriously Prepared™.
Survivault’s™ modular earthquake supplies make it easy to provide your family with everything they need to cope with the aftermath of a major disaster. No need to think about it or worry. Just click and it’s done!