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How To Build A Go Bag For Earthquakes and Other Natural Disasters

How To Build A Go Bag For Earthquakes and Other Natural Disasters || For National Earthquake Preparedness Month. || @thismessisours #earthquake #gobag

As parents there are things we love to do; we love to teach our kids how to ride their bikes and how to read. We love to cheer them on at their little league games and to watch them reach for the stars. We provide for them, we shelter them and we fiercely protect them. However, we recently realized we hadn’t completely prepared our family should the unthinkable happen. 

September is National Preparedness Month and living in Southern California we are all too familiar with how unpredictable natural disasters like earthquakes are and how devastating they can be. Just as we were gathering our supplies and preparing for this post a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico this month sadly taking the lives of hundreds of people. Our hearts are breaking for those that are suffering there! 

How To Build A Go Bag For Earthquakes and Other Natural Disasters || For National Earthquake Preparedness Month. || @thismessisours #earthquake #gobag

Over the last few weeks we put together a few “go bags” to keep in and around our home should we ever need them. Todd and I placed a bag under our bed along with extra pairs of shoes, gloves, and a crowbar as well as an identical “go bag” in each of our cars. All of the bags are filled with the essentials we would need for us to either shelter in place for up to 5 days or to mobilize our little family of 4 (including our dog) and seek help if we need to. We hope this little guide can serve as a point of inspiration and helps you make a plan for you and your loved ones should you ever need it too!

Light Weight Back Packs ||  First Aid Kits || Hand Sanitizer || Emergency Drinking Water || Life Straw || Waterproof Matches || UCO Candle Lantern || Extra Candles || Flashlights || Batteries || SLIM Rescue Howler || Duct Tape || Emergency Food Rations || Protein Powders || Snack Bars || Emergency Mylar Shelter/Blanket || Emergency Survival Kit for Dogs || Thunder Leash

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Meg van der Kruik is the writer, mother, photographer, designer, cook and creative spirit behind This Mess is Ours. After her infant son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, she dedicated herself to learning to make meals the whole family would love. It’s a bit of a mess – cooking for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten + dairy sensitivities, but she manages to bring them together every night around their little family table.