Get military-like durability out of this camo backpack. With supplies for up to five days, this kit will sustain one person longer than most other disaster equipment. It contains 32 servings of gourmet entrees to keep you energized. The meals, like southwest rice and beans and creamy pasta and vegetable rotini, are prepared by adding water and heating over the backpack’s portable stove with fuel tablets. On top of essentials like a 42-piece first-aid kit, wet naps, pocket tissues, and poncho, you’ll even get a deck of cards to help pass the time.

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Make sure you're protected

Marie Salcido

On the heels of last week's quake in Taiwan, fears of a tremor loom over many Americans, particularly on the fault-lined hot spots of the West Coast.

According to the California Earthquake Authority, homeowners are investing more than ever in earthquake insurance, with current coverage totaling over one million homes across the state.

The non-profit organization dedicated to earthquake safety says policy sales soared last year, especially following the devastating quakes in Mexico in September. That month, a record number of homeowners raced for coverage, with September's policy count exceeding twice that in previous months.

While there's unfortunately no true safeguard for disasters like earthquakes, authorities say preparedness is key. Taking simple steps to secure potential hazards in your home, like a wobby bookshelf; creating a disaster plan with loved ones and choosing a safe meeting spot; and making an emergency kit of nonperishable food, first-aid items, and other necessities are just three tips the CEA gives for earthquake readiness.

"Scientists say there's a greater than 99 percent chance of a magnitude-6.7 earthquake happening in California in the next 30 years," says California Earthquake Authority CEO Glenn Pomeroy. "Taking a little time to plan ahead means we'll be better able to survive and recover when disaster strikes."

Ready to prepare? Our comprehensive preparedness checklist has all your basic needs covered.

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