The Earthquake and subsuquent tsunamai show us once again the awesome power of Mother Nature…
The videos of walls of water sweeping ships, cars, houses and people away in such an unstoppable manner puts us in our place. What can we learn from such an event?
1. Natural disasters strike suddenly and can be deadly. There is no way to escape their wrath but you can have all possible warning systems in place and you need to heed these warnings. Things like Weather Alert radios could save your life. (Some natural disasters like hurricanes are slow moving and subject to lots of forecasting, if you get hit in your house by a Cat 4 or 5 Hurricane then you are plain stupid to be there)
2. If you live in a Coastal area, this is one of the chances you are always taking so you might want to consider moving to somewhere that is not going to be swept away by a Earthquake triggered tsunamai… or destroyed hy a Hurricane. And if you regularly hear about Wildfires and Mudslides near where you live, you might want to move to Nevada or Arizona– it is a better climate for business anyway.
3. These disasters often cause water, electricity and gas to be shut down for long periods, so you should have planned ahead to survive for a time without utilities to your home.
4. Food and water are in short supply in the aftermath of a disaster. If you can store even two weeks worth of food and water for your family, and some to share with friends and family who didn’t prepare then you can be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.
5. The government can NEVER respond as fast or efficiently to our needs as we can respond to our own needs. We know our exact situation and what we could need. When the items we need are in ready supply that is the time to store and prepare, not waiting until the event happens and then hoarding what we can find on the stripped shelves.
Please do what you can to help the survivors, I am not going to recommend any particular charity but in most cases I feel the more local and the smaller ones are best. And take action TODAY to make sure you are a little better prepared for such an awful event.