– Peace of mind during a natural disaster


If you’re from British Columbia, #bcstorm is probably still quite fresh in your mind. Drive down any street and you’ll still see random broken branches, uprooted trees and shards of glass left over from windshields long since shattered. In just an hour hundreds of thousands of residents lost power and hunkered down to avoid the storm. Unfortunately even though the wind had passed, the devastation remained and many were without power for upwards of 72 hours. Those on well systems had no running water, those dependent on elevators were stranded. Even during just a windstorm, our cities were crippled.

It brought my mind right back to warnings that have been long circulating about the “big one” on the West coast – experts speculate that the big earthquake will hit and in not so nice terms – level Vancouver and the tri-cities. Buildings will sway, fall and many essential services including emergency response will be overloaded or even unavailable. As a mom – this absolutely terrifies me. I like to think that if I only had to care for myself that I could manage the suggested 72 hours just fine, I have a stocked enough pantry and a case of water always on hand but now, with a family to think about it scares me just that much more.

“Anyone that’s grown up in BC has heard about the need for an earthquake kit, but it’s just so hard and expensive to piece together one on your own.  People always laugh when I tell them that as I was developing this company I still didn’t have an earthquake kit in my home.  It wasn’t until I sourced out my suppliers and got the product in for sale that I was finally able to put a kit in my home, office and car.” – Karl Lundgren, Owner EarthquakeKit.Ca

Less than 1/3 of homes in the lower mainland have an emergency kit, I’m always hesitant to refer to our kits as “Earthquake Kits” because they are so much more then that, these are emergency preparedness kits – earthquake, flood, wind storm – you name it, this kit is the perfect way to get yourself prepared without needing to stress on what to include.

I have been personally humming and hawwing over getting a kit for 2 YEARS. Right!? 2 years. Every time something would happen I would tell myself that we needed one, I’d research places to buy it online, the prices would scare the crap out of me, I’d promise myself I’d look at it again in a week or so and always forget. It’s only when we NEED a kit that it is too late. I quickly learned that we needed to make this a priority. At $175 for a deluxe 4 person kit from that is good for 5 years that works out to be $8.75 a YEAR per person in your family. It’s a cost upfront – but when it’s broken down it’s a much more affordable way to create your kit – without having to worry.

In the event of an emergency of any sort, is recommended that you have enough supplies on hand to care for your families needs for 72 hours. This includes food, water, first aid supplies, and much more. Many kits on the market are full of STUFF, but are they full of what you need? Karl shared with me that they have sourced out their kits to include necessities, items that you may not have even thought that you needed – I would have never thought personally to include duct tape, but I imagine it will be invaluable!

What was included in our 4 person deluxe kit: Datrex 3600 Calorie Emergency Food Rations:
(48) Datrex 125ml Water Rations:
(10) Aquatabs Water Purification Tablets:
(4) Emergency Sleeping Bags
(4) Hooded Rain Ponchos:
(2) Tube Tents
(1) Roll Duct Tape
(1) Hand-Crank Powered Light, AM/FM Radio and USB Device Charger
(1) 1 LED Flashlight with 100 Hours Built In (Recharged by Hand Cranks):
(3) Three Wick 36HR Emergency Candles
(40) Waterproof Matches
108 Pcs First Aid Kit
[36] 3/4” X 3” Band-Aids, [30] 3/8” x 1 1/2”, [2] 4” x 4” Gauze Pads, [2] 3” x 3” Gauze Pads, [2] 2” x 2” Gauze Pads, [1] 2” Rolled Gauze, [15] Alcohol Pads, [10] Cotton Swabs, [1] Adhesive Tape Roll, [1] Tweezer, [1] First Aid Guide, [1] 5” x 6” Cold Pack, [1] Scissors, [4] Tongue Depressor, [1] Plastic Carry Case (7” x 5 1/2” x 2 1/2)
(1) Safety Whistle
(4) Surgical Masks
(1) Pair Vinyl Gloves (latex free, powder free)
(1) Pair Heavy Duty Work Gloves
(1) Multi-Function Army Knife (7 Stainless steel Tools)
(1) 50ft Nylon Utility Cord
(4) Tissue Packs
(2) Waterproof Backpacks

Pretty stocked right? This isn’t to say that you won’t need to include a few of your own items. It is recommended that you have an additional supply of any medications or special foods, extra glasses or contact lenses, diapers and wipes, and additional seasonal clothing for each family member. Make sure to include loose change, important phone numbers and a map in EACH bag – just in case you are separated. Our backpacks still had a bit of room in them so we’ll be topping them up with our family specific needs. Once your kits are ready, store them in an easily accessible location – your hall closet next to the door, in your kitchen pantry or behind your sofa. Make sure that every family member knows where the kits are.

We also own a 2 person essentials kit that is kept in my car, I commute 2 hours each day with Alivia to and from work. In the event of a natural disaster that occurs when we aren’t at home, I feel much more comfortable knowing that we have the basics on hand – just in case.

Whether you are buying a kit for yourself, yourself and spouse or your entire family – has a kit that will work for all your needs. From the 1 person essentials kit right up to the 10 person deluxe bucket kit, they can make sure you are prepared and feeling confident during an emergency. Order online and enjoy free hand delivery – right to your door! Karl’s personal mission is to get an earthquake kit in every home for your own sake! Once you have your kit, Karl and his team will follow up with you close to your kit’s expiration date to go over what products need to be replenished – taking one more worry off your plate. We love their personal service!

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  1. Mary Warner says:

    I have a small emergency kit in my car but nothing like this pack. Water purification tablets. That’s important.

  2. Dana Miller says:

    I do not have a kit. I have some of the items that would go in a kit but not in one spot. They are consumables and often get used. I am held back by not having the urgency. It would be very convenient to buy a complete kit already assembled ~ or win one!

  3. Mira Cat says:

    Finances have kept me from getting a kit. I considered buying it piece by piece, but I don’t know which items to prioritize. And thinking of allergy-friendly foods that can keep has stumped me.
    I think a couple of good items to keep in your kit are feminine hygiene products, pet foods, and something that will make the situation a bit easier on the kids (maybe a small toy or something)

  4. Heidi says:

    Great timing! My husband and I just attended an Earthquake Preparedness talk last night in New Westminster! We sort of have a kit so have to make a commitment to complete it. One item we would include is a family photo…

  5. Buffi says:

    Thanks for this! We have been talking about putting one together but have been a little unsure about what to put in it. These kits are a great idea!

  6. katie maher says:

    we dont have a kit because …. well I have no good reason. It is irresponsible of me. I always forget to go shopping for supplies

  7. Laura R says:

    Procrastination and a newborn are what has recently been keeping me from putting together an emergency kit. As a new mom my desire to be prepared is stronger than ever!

  8. Andi Kelly says:

    I’ve been trying to put together a kit forever but with my growing family and life’s demands it always gets put on the side. Winning this would be a literal life saver!!!!

  9. Mickey says:

    Eber since the last power outage I’ve been meaning to get a kit just in case but never had the chance. With a baby everything is harder.

  10. Shari Fisher says:

    Time and just not knowing what to put in it. I’m worried I’d forget something important. Winning this kit would be awesome. But if not, this link is dumper helpful. Definitely have get my family a kit

  11. Kristin says:

    We’ve started one but really should finish it! I’d recommend packing a little stuffie or something for any little ones to snuggle and help them feel secure.

  12. Aubrey Brabbins says:

    We can’t seem to find any spare money in our monthly budget to put towards the items we need. We talk about it a lot but never get to actually making it a higher priority.

  13. Lori-ann says:

    Love this opportunity to win an emergency kit. I am a single Mom and don’t have a lot of excess spending money. Thanks so much!

  14. Amanda LC says:

    Never saw the need for one until this last storm and now with a newborn, we know the importance of having one but just haven’t gotten around to making it. Thank you for the chance 🙂

  15. Lisa C says:

    We don’t have a kit, but there’s no good reason why we shouldn’t. It’s just procrastination. I’ve been thinking about it lately thought, as my son is required to have one at his school.

  16. Amanda taylor says:

    I have a kit but I need to top it up since having another two babies. Having a plan where to meet your loved ones in case of separation was essential to me.

  17. Tamara says:

    We’ve been piecing our kit together, this would be handy. We have a BioLite CampStove that runs off of leaves, and twigs. We can cook off it, run lights, and charge phones. Highly recommend it!

    • Tara says:

      Oh wow! That sounds really handy, we’ll have to look into that! I am always hesitant to create this massive kit just in case (worst case scenario) we need to flee our home. I’m thankful for the backpacks!

  18. stacey dempsey says:

    I have a little kit with some basics but it really isnt good enough and I know I should do better but I just never seem to get around to it or have the extra money it takes to put it together arghh

  19. Jeannie says:

    I am so embarrassed to say that we don’t have a it because it’s always ‘we’ll put one together’ later. No more excuses for me now!

  20. Sue says:

    This kit looks great. We don’t have a full kit but we do have first aid kits in the house and in the car. We also have many of the supplies in the house but they aren’t in 1 location. We would definitely benefit from this kit especially the water purification tablets. We have been looking at kits to decide which one would be the best to get. One reader’s comment mentioned the Biolite camp stove and that also sounds like a very smart investment! This is a perfect prize to win for any Lower Mainland resident.

  21. Judy Cowan says:

    We keep saying we should put together emergency kits but never get around to it. Usually it is money that prevents us but we really should do it because if that emergency ever hits we would be glad that we did.

  22. Amanda says:

    We’ve been meaning to get a kit but there are so many choices and some are crazy expensive… But putting our own together just hasn’t happened so we may just have to bite the bullet and buy a good one. Would LOVE to win this one!

  23. Jenn Erin says:

    We have started a kit … but all we have are flashlights and candles! It gets a bit overwhelming and we always push it behind.

  24. Megan says:

    I have copies of my home insurance and important ID’s. I need to make a larger kit and refresh all the supplies, your kit looks great.

  25. Paul Yi says:

    Never really thought about having an emergency kit until we had our first baby. Looking to get one as soon as possible : )

  26. Cyrille says:

    For years, i’ve been thinking about it but actually getting around to making one is another story. I didn’t know there were pre-made ones out there. This would be nice to have!

  27. naomi thomas says:

    We have a bit of an emergency kit…. food, sleeping bags, water, radio ans flashlights in a waterproof box by our door, but there’s not much food.

  28. Teenymaru says:

    Thanks for this. We started to put together a kit but weren’t sure what to put in it as we grew up on the east coast where earthquakes weren’t a huge concern.

  29. Marlene V (Enelram) says:

    I don’t have a kit yet but with more unpredictable weather I think it would be important to have one. I know bottled water would be an item that would be important to have on hand in an emergency.

  30. Wanda Tracey says:

    We have a partial kit but sadly it doesn’t have everything in it that should be there.I am going to say that our intentions are good but lacking in wisdom after reading your great review.Thank you for thankwake up call.

  31. Erin W says:

    We don’t have a “kit” but we do have items together in the house in case of an earthquake. Extra water, food, heating source etc. It is lacking though.

  32. sunshine h says:

    I have a small kit. I think some of the important things to remember are cards, small games, tings to keep you occupied while you wait for power etc to come back.

  33. Judy Thuy Duong says:

    I started with buying a first aid kit but I guess I keep making up excuses to not finish up the kit. I think I really should finish up the kit, I guess it’s better to be safe than sorry.

  34. Jennifer P. says:

    We don’t have a kit, and to be honest the only thing holding us back is procrastination – we just seem to talk about getting one, but the task always end up taking a back burner to all the other activities we have going on and we never seem to get it done. It’s one of things that you don’t need, until you do, so we take a chance that tomorrow is not the day we are going to need it!! We do have some basics on hand such as our basic first aid kit, a case of bottled water, lots of non-perishable food, flashlights handy in every room, etc, but I know we need to do better…

  35. billiondollarprincesss says:

    The cost is holding me back and the fact that the stuff probably expires so you have to keep getting one but i would like to have one.

  36. Pat B says:

    I don’t – it’s that stuff expires and you really need one for the car, one for the house, etc. and the cost associated with that, as you don’t know where you’ll be when ‘the big one’ hits.

  37. carol says:

    It is a good idea to keep a transistor radio with an earthquake kit so that if the event of a disaster you can get some news as to what is going on.

  38. salexis says:

    I have a semi-kit… it’s not all together but I do have some supplies. I would LOVE to have a kit. It’s been on my ToDoList for ages… but never makes it high enough on the budget priorities… 🙁

  39. Lynda Cook says:

    No I have no emergency kit, and don’t ask me why, but I think it’s because being short on money to buy the stuff and space where to keep it, or it could be a little bit of laziness

  40. krystyl olson says:

    we have a ccar emergency kit, but not an earthquake/natural disaster one – I think the only thing holding me back is knowing WHAT EXACTLY to put in it

  41. Gail says:

    I started a kit, used part off it and never really got back to it. This would be a great help and peace of mind for me and my family

  42. Lisa W says:

    We have 6 people in our family, including 4 kids under 6. I need to put something together. We have a small emergency kit but nothing this complete.

  43. Natalie Woods says:

    I keep meaning to but then lost distracted with the many other things I have to do, it’s so bad! I would LOVE to win this 4person kit!!

    I have heard putting a couple toys for kids, along with food for any pets you have, a change of clothes, extra batteries and a pocket charger for your phone are good additions to the kits you can purchase or build!

  44. Lisa says:

    Laziness is holding me back! Well, not so much laziness as there is always something more immediate to do first (laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping, etc).

  45. Carla robinson says:

    Ugh. We have a few haphazard supplies sitting in a grocery bag… So not prepared. This would be amazing to have.

  46. Kah-Mei says:

    We’ve started with water and food, but need to get everything else ready. Life is busy but that is such an excuse, that won’t help us in an emergency. Thank you for the education and the reminder!

  47. Sabrina Sagmoen says:

    We would love to have one but financially at this moment we can’t afford to spend the money to purchase everything. We are currently a 1 income home with a 1 year old. This would be a great package for my little family to win. Thank you for the opportunity!

  48. ag. says:

    Ugh, I don’t have a kit but keep talking about getting one! I wish I made it more of a priority but that’s probably what’s holding me back…that there’s always something else to do and certain things are always pushed down the to do list! I’d hate to be caught without one when I need it because of such a terrible excuse!

  49. Lauren says:

    I added Tylenol (baby and adult) and pads. The pads could be used for feminine hi Jean or to help stop bleeding in a first aid scenario

  50. Calena says:

    We lost power for 36 hours last big storm, and it made us realize that we really need to start an emergency preparedness kit!!

  51. Laura says:

    We don’t have a kit prepared, and we really should. Hopefully my slacking doesn’t bite me in the butt! Need to get on this! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  52. Ashlee murracas says:

    I have a kit but it is only for me and my husband. With our expanding family I need to get something bigger to accommodate us all in an emergency!

  53. Kim says:

    I made a kit years ago that I kept in my car but it needed supplies to be replaced and I never got around to it. When my daughter was born 6 months ago I was going to order one for our now family of 4 but just kept getting side tracked and now money is tighter than it was before 🙁

  54. Smj Leung says:

    We have a kit and one item of note is that everyone has an extra set of boots with it — keeping our feet safe and dry is important!

  55. Kevin L says:

    I don’t have a kit, and I guess it’s because after waiting since the 80s for the Big One, I’m starting to think it won’t happen in my lifetime and statistics show that we’ll probably be safe for another 200 years or so. But in case I’m wrong, or I end up living past 200 years due to medical advances, maybe I should get one eventually. 🙂

  56. Nicole says:

    I don’t have a earthquake kit yet . I’ve always been to afraid to purchase one . thinking if I have one then the big one will hit. Deffently along with all the stuff needed in a kit. also I would put notes to the kids from mommy and daddy and also some pictures.

  57. Veronika says:

    I remember driving around with my husband after the storm and seeing so many people with broken windshields, or houses with broken windows. My poor car got totaled by a tree. Thankfully we had just prepared our 72 hour kits so we were taken care of, and we drove around passing out water and blankets to our neighbors.

  58. Cassandra Sarling says:

    we have a partial kit but never seem to get around to finishing it with the appropriate food and more water…and it weighs a ton in a rubbermaid. Not nearly as appropriate as this option!

  59. Amanda W says:

    No kit here and no reason beyond my own procrastination. With the crazy storms and threat of an earthquake I really need to get my butt in gear and make one for my family.

  60. Sabrina Tong says:

    I don’t have an emergency/earthquake kit out of laziness I suppose. I do keep our food rations stocked but that’s as far as it goes.

  61. Taraleigh says:

    procrastination and not knowing what to put in it! Have a few things organized but not all together. Thanks for the opportunity.

  62. Theresa Cledomin says:

    I don’t have a kit yet but since having kids I keep telling myself that we need to budget this in as it is so important…. My biggest holdback is where do we store it that is easily accessible

  63. Lucille L says:

    I’m embarrassed to say that I keep forgetting to put one together! Thanks for the reminder and the opportunity to win!

  64. Marne says:

    It’s one of those to-do items I remember whenever there’s an emergency, like the power going out and I worry about how we’re all going to survive if something big happens.

  65. Bee Prepared says:

    My heart always breaks seeing people who are seriously affected by earthquake disasters. That is why it is important to spread awareness about safety and preparedness to save lives. Just like what you have written. Very informative and helpful in many levels. Thank you and great job!

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