Get Prepared: What To Put In Your Earthquake Kit

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It is very important for every household to keep a readily available survival kit with enough food and water to last for a few days, alongside a flashlight, radio, and first aid kit. Make sure that the whole family is familiar with the designated evacuation area in your neighborhood, and avoid placing any heavy objects in places that can block your exits. Having a fire extinguisher or fire blanket in your home is also recommended.

Preparation is key!

Your earthquake kit will come into play when required to leave your home due to the building being unsafe, during evacuation dangers of fire or tsunami, or for any other emergency. The kit will need to consist of all the supplies you and your family will need to stay safe and healthy for up to three days after a disaster, including cases where the use of power, water, and sewage are lost.

Preparing in advance is key to having peace of mind. Many may remember, or have seen photos, of the empty shelves after the March 11, 2011 disaster. Panic buying in advance is not necessary, however, trying to stock up after the disaster is too late.

The basis of your earthquake kit

Here are a few essentials to have in your kit:

  1. Water—drinking water is an absolute necessity; prepare two liters of water per person per day. On top of that, remember that you may also want water supplies to cook and clean with. Although shelters will have water, it is best to pack some in your kit just in case.
  2. Food—foods should be non-perishable that don’t require further cooking or heating. Japan has a vast variety of food bars, vacuum-packed rice, and other meals you can stock up on. Including a sensible amount of comfort foods such as chocolates and chewing …continue reading