This is what you should keep next to your bed (if you live in earthquake territory—the suggestions are good for fire as well though)
As a bonus you can also keep a small bag with real clothes. Make modifications accordingly. If you live on the second floor, keep a rope ladder.
Additional supplies should be kept somewhere else, where the roof will not cave in on them, such as a small (lockable) shed outside—use a combination lock, lest you forget the key in the house.
As a side note, I have experienced three earth quakes. Two in Switzerland and one in California. None of them were more than a small tremor that lasted a couple of seconds—most of that time I did not spend running out of the house but trying to determine what was going on.
Originally posted 2009-07-21 10:05:34.