Earthquakes are frequent in Japan. There have been nearly 3000 earthquakes in and around Japan since 3/11/11 as seen on the Japan Quake Map. It is important to take proactive steps to protect yourself and your family to survive an Earthquake Disaster.
Earthquake Preparation Tips
– Have at least a 3-day supply of food and water. If you have an infant/toddler store extra diapers and formula.
– Keep your shoes, a flashlight and a whistle within arms reach of your bed and your children`s beds.
– If you work full-time keep a pair of sneakers at the office with you. If there is a disaster the railways will be shutdown and you will have to walk home.
– Map out your commute from your home to your office and also to your childrens` schools.
– Have an Earthquake Emergency Kit in your home.
– Take the WaNavi Earthquake Preparation Workshop. It provides vital information to help you prepare for an earthquake disaster. I took it this past Tuesday (3/11/14) and found it very informative. See below for some interesting points.
– Watch this cute and informative video detailing what to do and how to prepare in the event of an earthquake. http://www.defendchildren.net/en/index2.html
– Additional resources were posted on my blog one year ago.
* Earthquake supplies can be purchased on Amazon.co.jp. Take a look here.
*Some interesting things I learned at the WaNavi Workshop:
– Gas Stations are safe. None of the 869 gas stations collapsed or broke fire during the Great Hanshin Earthquake since they were built under strict fire acts. Now, they are designated as “Support stations” for people walking home, providing them with water and bathrooms.
I live one block from a gas station and it is a relief to hear that it won`t catch fire during a major earthquake.
– Elevators in Japan are equipped with an earthquake sensor. If on an elevator that doesn`t stop, push all of the floor buttons and get off at the nearest floor.
– Stay away from vending machines, gates, concrete walls and windows.
– I learned how to use the EMS (emergency messaging service). This is important as the cell phone towers were flooded with calls during the earthquake 3 years ago and it was almost impossible to get a call through. I feel safer now that I can leave and receive a message from my husband via the EMS.
– I learned about useful products to purchase such as a candle that can burn for 9 hours, a portable toilet, instant food (much better than the power bars I had stored 3 years ago), a portable food warmer, etc.
– Each attendee was given a WaNavi Help Card with important information (e.g. useful japanese sentences to use in case of a disaster, emergency numbers, where to collect information, etc.); an earthquake family emergency plan listing evacuation areas, the nearest shelter & support stations near your home; home proofing checklist; an earthquake pack list and a quiz.
I recommend taking this workshop. It was the best 2 hours I spent.
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