Earthquake Bags – Put Them Together with Four Easy Items You Already Have on Hand
This year has been musical rooms for our kids, furniture, and miscellaneous belongings. I finally have figured out where to put everything in my tiny house that’s exploding with people. There’s nothing like going into your kids room and cleaning out under their beds. I swear there must be an instinct to shove EVERYTHING under the bed! But while I squeezed myself under the bunk beds (praying I wouldn’t get stuck) and looking like a bizarre swimming frog as I pushed mounds of toys and clothes out from under there, I actually came across something that made me smile. Our EARTHQUAKE BAGS!
Last year I realized that I was lacking in one small area that could have a major effect on the safe and quick exit of my family in an earthquake. I also realized why my son had been insisting on bringing his shoes into his room and putting them under the bed (a habit I detest since we live in the rainy NW and they get lost among the other items he shoves under his bed).
In one of our favorite books, We Shake in a Quake, the family puts a flashlight and a pair of sturdy shoes under their bed so that when the next earthquake hits they are prepared. Aah Haaa! L had been trying to send me a message.
Four Easy Items for Your Earthquake Bags
What you need:
- A reusable shopping bag for each person in the bedroom
- A sturdy pair of shoes for each person that sleeps in that room.
- A flashlight
I never use my reusable grocery sacks for their intended purchase (I’d have a cart full before I even got my groceries if I did). So they make the perfect bag. Use hand-me down or thrift store shoes that are about a size or 2 too big, since they won’t wearing them, well, hopefully ever. Remember to get a good flashlight, so avoid the dollar store variety as they usually aren’t reliable. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to add a jacket, poncho or raincoat either.
We put the bags under their beds and I explained to the kids that these were only for an emergency. Since flashlights double for light sabers at my house I had to explain that if they played with the flashlights they would be left in the dark when they needed them. In the event of a disaster everyone will have shoes where they can reach them along with a light so they can safely evacuate a room with debris and broken glass, even if its the middle of the night.
Oh What a Relief It Is
That night L insisted on sleeping under his bed with his bag. We had a hilarious conversation as I tried to convince him to sleep in his bed. He expressed his concern that if an earthquake hit he wouldn’t be able to get out of his bed fast enough. I explained that I’m sure he’d be fine. Naturally he didn’t believe me.
We compromised – if there wasn’t an earthquake that night he would return to his bed.
I’m happy to say he’s back in his bed.