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Do you have an emergency survival kit for use in the event of an earthquake or some other natural disaster?

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I used to be in the US Military. I am well prepared to treat not only my family, myself, but my neighborhood. A disaster can strike at a moments notice! I will be ready, will you?

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 I will be ready, will you?

I think I'll just move close to you - thanks for the offer.

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Ah_so

HaHa. I got you!

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Yes, we do. We have at least a 2 weeks' worth of canned goods and rice stashed at our house in case things went down. If you grew up in a third world country, you'll be trained enough to be prepared for natural disasters since everyday from where i'm from is chaotic enough to count for a disaster for Japan. One thing I should point out is that people should have at least some spare water in their homes

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Yep. Food, drinks, extra water to flush the toilet. I learned from my friends after the Kobe quake.

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Yes. We have a stock of items that would help us survive in place at home or in the yard, as well as backpack kits ready to take to an evacuation shelter or even just the park. Enough food that needs minimal or no preparation to last a month or so, water, many flashlights and lanterns of various types, batteries, candles and matches, emergency toilet kit, first aid supplies, a heater that runs on gas canisters, a tabletop cooker that uses the same canisters, a bunch of canisters, a tent and small camp chairs, sleeping bags good for even snow conditions, various misc items such as rope, tape, a sketch book and marker pens, aluminum foil and plastic wrap. Copies of important documents, printed list of important phone numbers/addresses, changes of underwear, sanitary napkins/incontinence pads, medicine, regular toothpaste and a liquid version, hand lotion, lip and body cream, shampoo, eye mask, face masks, work gloves, hats, heat packs, spare eyeglasses in a hard case.

Thats off the top of my head, I’ve probably forgotten some items.

We don’t have any young children or pets here, if we did there’d be a lot of items for their needs.

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Also collapsible plastic water tank, bar and liquid soap, wet wipes, slippers, socks, towels, eating utensils kit, camping cooking pot kit.

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I also have a backpack and a bag with what I would need to survive including a tent, sleeping bag, cooking apparatus, life straw and a Katadyn water filter, food, rechargeable AA and AAA batteries and the means to charge them via solar power. Battery bank, solar lights, spare set of clothes, 40 channel 2 way radio, hatchet, trenching shovel, hunting knife and much much more.

You hope you never need it but its those who are ready that save the lives of family, friends and strangers.

If you only rely only on the authorities you are much more vulnerable and helpless.

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Peter14

you also need normal batteries when there is no power to recharge. Also wind up radio. First Aid kit. Essential medicines and your drug books. Copies of essential documents including keeping copies online. Toilet paper. Two weeks of dried and canned foods.

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Educator60

If there is an earthquake or flood warning and you have to leave the house quickly, how are you going to carry all that stuff with you? If your house is destroyed by a quake or flood or landslide, most of those items you mention won't be of use to you.

In my opinion, an emergency survival kit is something you keep in a bag by the door that you can grab at a minute's notice as you evacuate from your home.

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If you have a car keep your emergency kit in the boot. If you live in a house a strong plastic box outside is good. I have a metal shed in the garden.

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1 x 65 ltr backpack and 1 x large bag with everything I need. I also have a Kawasaki KLX250s in the garage so I can beat all traffic jams to get to the country side. Approx 200km range on full tank.

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Oh me, no! I don't. Something else I really to get on, NOW! That toilet flushing water is very important too! I helped in Kobe earthquake, and water was top priority for people.

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It always pays to own camping gear in Japan, even if you don't camp.

My food is like a military field mess kit: tinned fish for protein and nutrients, tinned pineapple for vitamin C and fiber, crackers for carbs, and lots of water.

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I am totally prepared...but what if I am far away from home when the big one comes?

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If your house collapses can you reach the kit? It is said that a bed with posts will hold off a falling ceiling, so I keep mine beside my bed.

Save your bath water at least until morning.

Some advise having two kits, the other one in the car.

PS Thanks for some of the ideas above!

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smartacusOct. 29  09:06 pm JST

“Educator60

If there is an earthquake or flood warning and you have to leave the house quickly, how are you going to carry all that stuff with you? If your house is destroyed by a quake or flood or landslide, most of those items you mention won't be of use to you.”

If you’ve read the first sentence of my comment you’d understand that not all of that stuff is meant to be taken anywhere. Yes, if this building is suddenly completely destroyed or if I’m not at home, these items may be unavailable or of no use. So what? There are plenty of possible situations in which they would be extremely helpful, even life-saving.

I've already survived a wide variety of disasters starting from an early age and I’m well aware that there is no one set of items or location for them that will fit any and all possible disasters. Some people use that as an excuse to do no preparation. I prefer to do what I can and hope it helps me and those around me. I also prefer to do as much as possible for myself in hopes of freeing up the time/energy/resources of rescuers etc to help those in more need.

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