Earthquakes. Tsunamis. Nuclear Meltdowns. The Tragedy in Japan is a Heartbreaking Reminder to Prepare. - Page 2
The scale of the earthquake and tsunami is overwhelming to comprehend. And as the situation grows more calamitous, the world faces a nuclear catastrophe. How long will it be before survivors are identified, let alone rescued? Isn’t it utterly ironic that many survivors are surrounded by water that is useless in terms of survival? How long will they remain in cut off from rescuers without food or water? Are the surviving children pondering their fate and asking their parents, “How will we eat?”
The simple reality is that most people are not prepared for disaster. If the nation of Japan had not taken so many precautions in terms of building standards, the scale of death and destruction would have been 10 times worse. As a nation, I give them an A+ for preparedness. But, I wonder how prepared people were individually.
While I realize that sometimes, the forces of nature trump any level of preparedness, I continue to believe preparation is a necessity. For me, the act of preparing is almost as important as being prepared. In the process of preparing a family emergency plan, I have learned things I might not have learned, otherwise. I can’t help but think that even if I become separated from my stash during an emergency, I will be better prepared to help my family survive because I have gone through the process of preparing. I believe it is important for children to be involved in the process so they realize that they do not believe they are powerless victims.
There is much to consider and learn as we observe this tragedy. For instance, I realized that I need to move my food stash to the top floor of my home, since in the likely event of an earthquake, our home will slide downhill. I also learned that iodine (somehow) can help with radiation exposure. I will research this and add iodine to my list of supplies to have on hand.Continued on the next page