A few hours ago, I felt my condo sway back and forth as if it were a ship, my computer monitor started shaking, and all of the items on my desk began rattling. As any person who resides in Los Angeles does, I immediately got on Twitter to verify what I already knew — we'd just had an earthquake. While little earthquakes are common in California, the U.S. Geological Survey reported that this July 4, 2019 Southern California earthquake registered at a 6.6, which is the largest quake in the area in more than 20 years.
Because the world seems to be marching toward the zombie apocalypse, and this quake is just one more sign that the end is near, chatter amongst my friends quickly turned to disaster kits. Who had one, who was prepared and who wasn't, and what to put in a disaster kit in the first place. Whether it's wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods or blizzards, every region of the country eventually experiences some form of natural disaster. And being prepared with a few days of food, water, a first-aid kit, and more can help you stay calm during an emergency.
"After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water, and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours," the website Ready.gov, which provides DIY disaster kit instructions, said on its website. "A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency." If you're ready to get started, here's what to put in a disaster kit so you've got what you need when things go sideways.