How to prepare for a disaster

Stranded in New York, Amanda Shendruk got thinking about worst-case scenarios


Earlier this week, I found myself in a small New York hotel as it was hammered by Hurricane Sandy.

During a particularly violent blast of wind, the glass from a lobby window shattered and I thought, probably for the first time in my life, that a disaster emergency kit might not be a bad idea. In fact, it might be a very good idea as weather extremes become the “new normal.”

Now I’m safely back in Canada, I am assembling my own natural disaster emergency kit. Here is what I have pulled together for a (very) rainy day:

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How to prepare for a disaster

  1. After going through a similar experience of being stranded in New York, I too thought of creating a survival kit. Only after going through something like this do you realize how quickly life can change. Thanks for the information!

  2. Something I realized just this week as Canada felt the outer tendrils of Sandy – it helps to keep the kit in a place you can easily find it when the power goes out. If it’s buried in the back of a closet at the end of a hallway with no windows, it’s that much more inconvenient when you need it.

  3. When I lived in Japan we were provided with earthquakes kits that included, among other things, a collapsible shovel. Which makes a lot of sense, because what good is toilet paper if the water isn’t running?

    I was amused years later when at an emergency preparedness meeting at my work I suggested including a shovel, to which the organizer replied “Sure, ah, I guess maybe if you had to dig someone out or something”.

    Also, having the bicycle and hand pump in the garage always makes me feel slightly better, though that might be too far.