Recently, many valley locals who are California natives got a reminder that the possibility of an earthquake is very much a part of Las Vegas life. We spend much of our year concerned about heat and monsoon activity. These are predicable events that we can plan for. But, what happens when the unexpected occurs?
The USGS website is a great resource for information about earthquakes and how to be prepared in case of an emergency. However, it might be easy to forget that some of what we leave in our storage may be necessary in case of an emergency. Remember, if the power goes out at your house, there is a strong possibility the power will be off at your local storage facility as well. Electric gates do not open when the power is off. You may not have vehicle access to the storage for a significant length of time. Here are a few items to consider.
Keep these items handy
Flashlights and batteries. If you and your family are avid campers, you may have much of your battery-operated lanterns, emergency radios, portable cooking equipment and generators packed in your storage for when you go camping. You may want to keep at least one or two of these items in an at-home storage container, so you have them if you need them.
Spare medical equipment. Have you put mom’s manual wheelchair away because she recently converted to a power scooter? If the power goes out, you may not be able to recharge her scooter. And, damage to your home or her apartment may make it hard to transport a heavy scooter. Have a plan to access manual medical devices easily in case of a lengthy power emergency.
Pet crates. If you keep your pet’s carrying crate in the storage because the sight of the carrier equals the dreaded “V-E-T,” you may not have a safe way to transport your four-legged friend in case of emergency. Also, make sure you have a sufficient number of pet crates in the proper size to transport them all. If your rescue puppy is now an adult, he may have outgrown his original crate.
Cell phone chargers. Can your cell phone plug in to your car? If the power is out in your house, you may find you need a charging cord in your vehicle in order to keep lines of communication open. Does your charger work if the engine in your car is not running? If the car has to be idling to use the charger, be sure that you keep sufficient fuel in your tank to keep the car running when you need to borrow some power.
Take a moment to consider your family’s emergency preparedness plan. Update your emergency kits and remove expired items.