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Top 10 essentials for your earthquake kit

Sunday's 6.0 earthquake in Napa, California had many people checking their own earthquake kits. The CBC’s Catherine Rolfsen went shopping for the essentials.

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      Sunday's 6.0 earthquake in Napa, California had many people checking their own earthquake kits.

      The CBC’s Catherine Rolfsen joined experts in B.C. on a shopping trip recently and put together this list of the essentials.

      10 Essentials for your Earthquake Kit

      1. Water — At least two litres of water per person per day; include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order
      2. Food that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (replace food and water once a year)
      3. Manual can opener
      4. Crank or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)
      5. Crank or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries) 
      6. First aid kit
      7. Extra keys to your car and house
      8. Some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for payphones
      9. A copy of your emergency plan and contact information
      10. If applicable, other items such as prescription medication, infant formula, equipment for people with disabilities, or food, water and medication for your pets or service animal (personalize according to your needs)

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