(or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying About Earthquakes)

I was born and raised in a small town in Massachusetts. I guess you could say my first emergency kit was the dime I carried in my backpack. That was back in the ’90s when all a kid needed was a way to call mom when he missed the bus.

My first real emergency kit was a small pre-packaged auto kit that I threw in the trunk of my first car. It was probably an okay option for a teenager who would call his parents in a real emergency, but I didn’t think much about it at the time.

Then came the big moment in my journey. I decided to move across the country to Los Angeles for college. During the summer, everyone asked me, “Aren’t you afraid of earthquakes?” Well, if I wasn’t afraid already, I sure was by the end of that summer. 

So I bought a pre-built earthquake kit for my dorm room and figured I was all set. Then I learned about fires, mudslides, and the occasional riot. Not to mention the anxiety I got from driving the 405 freeway in my beat-up car!

That’s when I got serious about creating a quality emergency kit. I felt so much better knowing I was prepared with the right tools and supplies. I was hooked! I channeled all my fears into massive lists of all the best gear for any disaster. 

For the next 20 years, my emergency kit continued to grow as I learned from world events. After the September 11 attacks, I improved my first-aid capabilities. Following Hurricane Katrina, I increased my food and water supplies. When my son was born, I got serious about my financial preparedness.

When friends began asking for help with their emergency kits, I realized that I had a lot of knowledge to share. That’s why I started this blog! And, I hope I can use it to help other people feel safer and more prepared for the next big thing.

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