I have had very little experience with earthquakes. For the past 5 years I've been living here, there were only twice, to be exact only once, when I really felt a shake. For the first time, I only learned about the occurrance when I got onto my car and turned on the radio. Then Husband called me on my cellphone after he felt it in his office ... and I told him I didn't feel a thing inside Costco. BTW, Costco may be the last place you'd want to be in when there is a quake ... think about how high they stack their merchandise!
Then for the second time, we were both at home and it lasted maybe about 3 seconds. My memory of the shake itself is now really vague. But I just need to look at one of the shelves in our living room to reassure myself that it did happen.
So, there have been a lot of talks about preparing for the Next Big One. I started building up supplies for emergency a few years back (it's really hard to get everything ready in one go!). I remember after Katrina, there was this discussion in KR forum about donating knitting supplies to knitters affected by the hurricane. Someone said that knitting would be the last thing you need in such situation. I tended to agree at the time.
However, now I think differently. Of course, there would be lots of things to attend to and worry about when we experience a disastrous situation. But imagine there is a moment when all I can do is just wait (for whatever it is) ... wouldn't it be mind-soothing and psyche-calming if I can do some knitting? Besides supplies for physical existence, supplies for mental sanity are also important. So, I put together this kit to be put into the emergency supplies tube:
Of course, I hope I wouldn't need to use this kit.