Earthquakes. Tsunamis. Nuclear Meltdowns. The Tragedy in Japan is a Heartbreaking Reminder to Prepare.
I’d like to start with a prayer for the people of Japan. May God be with them during this time of uncertainty and help them rebuild quickly and heal their souls.
My husband and I sat glued to the television the other night, watching a wave of water engulf buildings, cars, boats and undoubtedly, people. The surreal nature of the images rivaled my memories of watching the Twin Towers being toppled by terrorists. A woman, trapped on the second floor of her home waived a white flag desperately at the helicopter flying overhead. Hundreds of people wandered aimlessly around the roof of an airport, surrounded by debris ridden water, wrestling with the agonizing reality of their situation. Unsuspecting drivers were suddenly engulfed by a wall of water. I wondered if they could even see or hear it coming.
For millions, life changed in 5 rumbling minutes. It’s not clear how many perished. Millions survived. And now, they will be faced with a survival mission for which many are unprepared. The “new normal” will include food, water and gas shortages, life without power and sanitation, and interruptions of basic services like medical, police and fire.
In this realization, I found myself deeply connected to the people of Japan. I live in the heart of earthquake country, southern California, close to the beach, hovering precariously over a ledge AND the San Andreas Fault. The same scenario can easily happen right here, in my own back yard. This fact was not lost on my children. I could see the light bulbs going off in their heads as they made the connection when I recounted events this morning.
The tragedy serves as a stark reminder of the necessity of creating your own emergency preparedness plan that includes food storage, financial planning, and stockpiling of emergency supplies in anticipation of an event like this. The ring of fire is alive and well, and I feel like I am in a race against time.Continued on the next page