I was talking to my mother yesterday and happened to mention the earthquake, which then led to a discussion on earthquake kits and what was in them.
Kris and Levin both asked what was in my earthquake kit, so I thought I would do a post on that subject. The kit I had at home was a very basic one comprising of a torch, portable radio, lighter, matches, candles, some food (mainly canned food), a tin opener, some large black rubbish bags and toilet paper (for an emergency toilet), pet food and water. The one that I had at work was even more basic, just muesli bars, a blanket, a sweatshirt, tracky dacks, and an old pair of running shoes, so that I could walk home.
A bit of Googling will take you to quite a few sites that either sell kits or give you lists so you can make up your own. This site here is a NZ Civil Defence site that seems to me, to have good information about coping in a natural disaster and this site here is the SA State Emergency Service site which also provides some information.
I’m currently deciding what to put in my new disaster kit and I think that one of the most important things will be something that Joolz suggested - a packet of Tim Tams!! which is a really great idea because you should check and replace your food and water every twelve months and it makes good sense to have food that you actually like to eat.