Pandemic Legacy and Disaster Kits

A few days ago, a friend showed up at my condo and discovered this:

It was a serendipitous amalgamation of products: Pandemic Legacy Season 2 was there because I bought it and will be playing it for the first time tonight. Everything else was there because I took the plunge and started to assemble a real disaster kit.

You may recall me writing about this a few months ago. I’ve had the idea in my head for a long time. No, I don’t think the world is going to end. I don’t have a bunker in my backyard.

However, I’m a cautious, risk-averse person. I’m also a wimp. If a natural disaster ever strikes St. Louis, I’d rather be marginally prepared than not prepared at all.

So after writing that blog entry, I did the thing I fully expected I would do: Nothing. Despite seeing hurricanes wipe out infrastructure in Houston and Puerto Rico, I thought, “Eh, I’ll take care of that later.” I’ve spent the last 2 months hitting the snooze button on my “buy disaster kit” reminder.

But then on Saturday I was feeling motivated to actually do something for once. I figured if I picked a reasonable budget, I wouldn’t be overwhelmed. So I aimed for around $100.

I found a fantastic article detailing well-tested necessities for a disaster kit, and I focused on a few essentials:

I’ll have to replenish some of these things after a year, but that’s not bad at all. It sets me up to survive for about 2 weeks without normal access to food or water. I’ll keep this kit in the trunk of my car.

I’m also putting together some things I already have–I’ll keep these in a bag at home. These aren’t necessities, but they sure will help!

  • flashlight
  • toiletries
  • pillow/blanket
  • can opener
  • knife
  • matches
  • propane grill
  • cat documents
  • first aid kit
  • cup/fork
  • toilet paper
  • towel
  • coat
  • duct tape
  • tools

I’m sure this all sounds crazy, and I genuinely hope I’ll never use this disaster kit. But if, say, an earthquake ever hits St. Louis hard, and aid is slow and difficult to access, I know I won’t regret putting this together.

Do you have anything like this? Am I missing anything? I’m off to play Pandemic Legacy Season 2!