Clearly the difficulty with an apartment is the problem of space and the risk of not being able to re-enter your building after an event. Here are four ideas to consider, some of which you may need to discuss with your landlord.
1) Is there a storage area on the main floor of the apartment building that by your reasonable assessment would be accessible after an earthquake. Accessibility is the key question. If you can’t reach the storage area, it does you no good. Also, if the storage area isn’t reasonably secure, you may not want to store your things there. If option 1 isn’t a good one, let’s try option 2.
2) Do you have a friend, relative or co-worker on the same side of the river / bay / town who would be willing to store your preparedness items. Secondly, do you have reason to believe that you could safely reach your “resilience buddy” by foot after an event. If so, this is a good option. (Similarly, I tell people who live in tsunami zones to choose resilience buddies outside the inundation zone to store their preparedness stash.) If option 2 isn’t a fit, let’s try door number 3.
3) Do you drive a car? If so, what can you fit in its trunk? We keep 14 gallons of water and a kit in the back of our van. If we needed to, we could sleep in the van, or at least retrieve our supplies from it to set up shop in the local park. No car, or reason to suspect your car will be inaccessible? Then do your best with option 4.
4) The final option, if you have no place to store the recommended 14-day preparedness supply, is to have a go bag with enough to care for your immediate needs for the first few days after an event. The go bag can’t get you through 14 days, but it can buy you some time to make some decisions and weigh your options. Your bag should include:
- Warm clothes
- Emergency Blanket
- High calorie food bars
- A small radio
- Portable phone charger (there are solar models)
- Key contacts
- First aid kit
- Shelter (tarp and rope or tent)