Our housing co-op decided that it was time to put together an earthquake preparedness kit for the 25 families who live here. We made a list of the items we needed and designated a budget amount. Then two of us went up to Magnet Hardware to buy the supplies we would need. When we told the owner what we were doing, he was so helpful! He managed to find us some very suitable items, like a wind up flashlight for less than we had anticipated and he made many excellent suggestions for items that we hadn't even considered. Other people working there chimed in with ideas for useful necessities. We were able to assemble an excellent kit that addresses needs for cooking, hygiene, shelter and rescue, all within our budget. The personal service and range of stock at our little local hardware store makes it a real gem.