Why earthquake kits are so important

Emergency Preparedness Specialist Cari Butler explains why earthquake kids are so important for families and shares advice on how to create one
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Why earthquake kits are so important

I have a lot of clients that say to me, "Okay, Carrie, we really want to make our own kit. Thanks so much." When you are creating your own kit, there are so many things that you have to think about. I find that certain people forget certain things that are really, really important. For example, if you forget to throw some food into your emergency kit. The normal food that you get from the market, and this also goes for water, they have expiration dates of maybe a year and bottled water really only lasts between six and eight months. So when you're putting a kit together, you think, "Okay, this is great. I've got my food, my water." You want to make sure you have a little first aide, flashlights, batteries, a radio, even emergency blankets, ponchos, personal hygiene, things like toothbrushes, toothpaste. So even though people really do want to put their own kit together, the benefit of buying a kit that's already made is because we have already thought about that. We've already thought everything that you would possibly need to go into your kit, whether it be food and water, that have a five year shelf life, first aid and all the ointments, bandaids and all the different sizes that you need. I mean, the list is endless. Even though people want to put their own kit together, I really do recommend that you buy a ready made kit because we've already thought of things that you may not have thought to put together.

Emergency Preparedness Specialist Cari Butler explains why earthquake kids are so important for families and shares advice on how to create one


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Cari Butler

Emergency Preparedness Specialist

Cari Butler is a Westside Los Angeles mom and native Californian whose interest in Emergency Preparedness began when her daughter started school and was required to have a personal emergency kit. That raised the question: "Why shouldn't everyone have an emergency kit?" Her concern led her to thoroughly research the subject and then create her own business. She now provides consultation services for families and businesses, as well as offering the Emergency Café line of kits.

Cari’s mission is to get everyone prepared, and she has been on that mission since 2005.  She has been a guest speaker at several conferences and schools. She was asked to participate in the 100th Anniversary Earthquake Conference in San Francisco. Her client list is a virtual who’s who in Hollywood.  

Cari’s website, emergencycafe.com was just awarded the 2009 Best Safety Site by Nickelodeon Parent Choice Awards.  Emergency Café backpacks were the “IT” gift this season in the Dancing with the Stars television show gifting suite.  She is also a contributing writer and blogger on many mommy sites including Hot Moms Club, Gurumommy, Twittermoms, City Mommy and Mommy Track’d. In addition she has been featured on several TV shows and has done numerous radio spots as well.  

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