Time To Write — The Kit

246A3E2B-C177-4928-9DA4-34E7DA53B50A“You have everything, right?” my wife asked.

“Of course,” I said. “I’m not stupid.”

“Okay, let’s take inventory,” she said. “Six gallons of water.”


“Enough non-perishable food to last three days.”


“A battery-powered or hand crank radio.”


“A Flashlight, a first aid kit, extra batteries.”

“Check, check, check.”

“A whistle to signal for help.”


“A dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.

“Check and check.”

“Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation.”

“Eww, check.”

“A wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.”

“A manual can opener for food.”


“A local paper map of the area.”

“That was hard to find, but check.”

“Our cellphones with backup batteries.”

“Check,” I said. “Anything else?”

“Nope,” she said. “I think we got it covered.”

“Oh wait, I thought of one other thing,” I said.

“What else?”

“Earplugs for me so that when the earthquake hits, your screaming won’t cause me to go deaf.”

Written for Rachel Poli’s Time To Write Sentence Starter prompt.

3 thoughts on “Time To Write — The Kit

  1. James Pyles September 7, 2018 / 12:59 pm

    I mentioned in the comments section of another of your posts that I used to work for CPS in Orange County, CA some decades ago as a child abuse investigator. We had to use our own cars since there weren’t enough County cars for all of us. My wife was the Treasurer for the PTA at our kids elementary school and was in charge of earthquake preparedness. To that end, we have a big 55 gallon drum of water in our backyard under a tree and a huge survival kit in the home. She got me a smaller kit for my car since I had to drive all day long.

    We never had to use any of that stuff and eventually, once we settled here in Idaho (we can get earthquakes but they’re extremely rare), we got rid of the kits.

    I think I even had a pair of earplugs.

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  2. Sight11 September 7, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    One day your women will whoop your ass Sensei…


  3. leigha66 September 15, 2018 / 7:51 am

    I’ve never been in an earthquake…I probably would scream! LOL

    Liked by 1 person

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