For the most part I had a pretty normal childhood. But there were some qwerks that I’m just curious if any of you experienced growing up. Tell me if this ever happened to you? It’s a typical Saturday afternoon and you are doing your chores, all of a sudden you hear someone making a loud alarm sound and yelling  “THIS IS A FIRE DRILL! THIS IS A FIRE DRILL! HUSTLE, HUSTLE THIS IS A FIRE DRILL!” No? Or tell me this, did your dad ever interrupt your slumber party to tell your friends that they need to move away from the door because they are a fire hazard. No? Your childhood didn’t look like this?  Where were you when Y2K struck that fateful new year’s eve? I’ll tell you where I was, I was at home with my family with a stock pile that we had built up all year (1999)!  LOL! I have so many qwerky stories like these, my favorite involves a teenage me, a skirt and a hammer….lol…if you haven’t heard this story, call me, we’ll chat…lol!  If you’re a fireman’s daughter, maybe you can relate….maybe.

As hilarious as it was, I  think it was really smart for my dad to make sure that our house always had an emergency plan and that we always put safety first. If I had kids I would TOTALLY make them do fire/earthquake drills at home! Anywho, lately my coworker has me freaked out about “The BIG One.” David and I have been slowly (really slowly) putting together our emergency kit, but with all of the earthquakes that have been happening along the west coast lately in combination with my co-worker’s superstition or intuition, that remains to be seen, I am now on a mission to get us prepared.

Okay to be fair I know, there is nothing sexy about putting together an emergency kit. I thought if I called it sexy I could at least get some of you to read this boring post…lol! Starting a kit can be really daunting at first, but you just have to start somewhere. You may discover that you have more stuff on hand than you think. There are some great resources out there on how to put a kit together but the truth is that there isn’t a one size fit all kit. All across the board what seems to be most important is making sure you have nonperishable food and water for at minimum of three days, but if you want to take safety 101 from my dad you should have enough food and water for 30 days. Again, I know that sounds super daunting but this isn’t the time to spend a bunch of money putting together gourmet healthy meals, you will just need sustenance. Supposedly you can buy a case of 48 Top Ramen for about 10 bucks at Costco (watch out for the salty packets though, those will just make you thirsty). High calorie energy bars, canned food and dried beans are also a good way to go.

I have yet to buy my 48 pack of ramen, but I have been chipping away at my list. This is the list I’ve been using  from  4Dtraveler.


I’m challenging my west coast friends, especially those of you that live along the San Andreas fault to get prepared. I know, I know, we’ve been hearing that “The BIG One ” is coming for years and years but it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you already have a kit, go check it out and make sure that everything is in working order and that nothing is expired.  While you’re at it, you should make sure to build some kind of kit for your car, throw it in an old back pack and keep it there. Below are a bunch of resources that I have been using. Check it out and get started! SEXY ISN’T IT? Thanks for reading!


Earthquake/Emergency Resources:

American Red Cross

A Bowl Full of Lemons








  • March 14, 2014 - 11:42 AM | Permalink

    I love your infographic! So great! If I were in California you might have finally inspired me to put together my earthquake kit!

    • lovecheria
      March 14, 2014 - 2:27 PM | Permalink

      Thanks Rach! I found it on 4dtravel! Sadly I didn’t make it. I figured I didn’t need to reinvent the wheel on this one.

  • Cara
    March 14, 2014 - 1:34 PM | Permalink

    Not related to earthquakes but the beginning reminded me of your skirt that had to have the pockets sewn because they were a safety hazard :)!

    • lovecheria
      March 14, 2014 - 2:26 PM | Permalink

      Yup that is the exact story I was referring to in the last sentence of that paragraph…lol! Good times! See you Sunday!!!

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