Sunday, 12 September 2010

Still Not Prepared

Despite my claims last week that I was going to put together a survival kit, I haven't.  This even despite the fact that since the big South Island quake hit last Saturday, here in Hawke's Bay we've had three good sized shake ups

I've made two main adjustments in my life because of the increased worry of a big earthquake hitting:
1)  I charge my cellphone more frequently, never knowing when I'll need it to last for awhile without electricity.
2) I keep my eyeglasses in a case on my bedside table now, instead of loose on the window sill in the bathroom like I used to.  The Christchurch earthquake hit a 4:30 in the morning, and I'd hate to think how long it'd take me in the dark to find my glasses down the hall in the bathroom and probably busted having fallen onto the floor.

I really should get a working flashlight, but luckily, my awesome old school Nokia cell phone has an LED torch, so keeping it charged at least will give me some light.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

The Big One

Napier is far enough away from Christchurch that we didn't feel the huge 7.1 earthquake that hit there early this morning.  But it's certainly a wake up call for us all here in New Zealand, because such a quake could happen anywhere, at anytime.

Napier's all ready been virtually destroyed one, back in 1931 by a 7.8 earthquake and a fire that followed it.  That history doesn't give us an all clear, though, so it's prudent to be prepared.  Thankfully there were few serious injuries from the Christchurch earthquake, but the damage to the city infrastructure was severe.  The possibility of being without power or water for several days, if not longer, is very sobering.

I've seen the ads on TV here telling us to prepare for the worst.  The handy website tells you what to do. A few months ago I started making an effort to stockpile bottles of water, but I never got to the recommended 12 litres of water per person, which for our family of 4 would be 48 litres!  We've got a basic first aid kit, but that's about it.  We don't even have a working flash light.  Time to get on that.