For the first month after becoming aware, I went to bed, fully expecting to be awakened by an earthquake.
I slept well, but before turning out the lights, I’d look around the room, wondering what it would look like during and after an earthquake.
And getting out of the house in the middle of the night with bare feet and wearing pajamas isn’t my idea of a good time.
What’s A Under the Bed Bag
An under the bed bag isn’t something everyone needs. It’s something that could come in very handy in earthquake country.
What it is peace of mind if you are shaken awake. If your home or apartment experiences an earthquake, it could be cracked, torqued, and broken with shattered window glass all over the floor.
Your items, books, papers, household things, TVs, computers, and furniture will not be where you left them when you went to bed. They will be tossed all over.
The items in your bag will help you get the heck out of that mess without getting hurt yourself.
In your bag, you stick flashlights, a hard hat, heavy gloves, and shoes. You can get fancy, the way I did, and put in socks, pants, and a hoodie.
There are several other items you can put in there. For a list of what to put into your Under the Bed Bag, go here.
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It is called an under the bed bag because that’s where you’re supposed to stow it.
If your bed is like ours, it is too low to the ground for our bag to go under, so you need to tie your bag to a bedpost or bed leg so it won’t bounce and shimmy across the room while you hunker down on the bed, waiting for the shaking to end.
Our stuff is in two bring-your-own-bag shopping bags. One is tied to the leg up at the head of the bed on each side. His and hers. If we change the sides of the bed, we’ll have to change the bags.
Right now, our equipment is in one bag. When I get organized, I’ll put our things in separate backpacks.
That way, we won’t be sorting through a bunch of his and hers stuff in the middle of an emergency.
Maybe we’ll be able to tie our knapsacks up by the head of the bed, so they aren’t quite so in the way.
Our Under the Bed Bag may not be lovely to look at, but now I don’t think of earthquakes every night when I go to bed. A little bit of preparation goes a long way toward peace of mind.