I’ve struggled to get back into the swing of things since hearing the news of the 8.9 earthquake that rocked the island of Honshu in Japan last Friday. Having lived in Japan on two different occasions and starting our family there, it is a country that is near and dear to my heart. I’ve watched the footage on the news, feeling sad and helpless. Luckily none of our loved ones were near the epicenter and are all safe, despite lots of household items being tossed about and broken during the shaking. Watching the needs of the people in the aftermath, and the continuing issues put into motion by the quake, I’ve been thinking a great deal about the disaster preparedness of my own family, especially that of food storage. The lack of food in parts of Japan, and the ensuing long lines of people trying to buy food, highlights the need for us to prepare our own families for the event of our own community’s food supply system being disrupted. Are you prepared?
For example, did you know that you should have at least a three-day supply of food and water for each member of your household? Have you thought to pack a can-opener with your emergency food storage so that if the need comes to use it, you’re able to open any cans you have stored? There are so many factors to consider! I’ve put together several links that will help you decide if you’re prepared and give you information on how to better prepare. This is in no way a complete list—simply a collection of links to get you started!
- FEMA: Are You Ready? Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit—What to include, where and how to store it, special considerations, etc.
- Ready America: Water—A bullet point list of how to prepare your emergency water supply.
- Ready America: Food—A bullet point list of how to prepare your emergency food supply.
- American Academy of Pediatrics: Family Disaster Supplies List (list of both food and non-food items)
- Food Storage Made Easy
Additional Disaster Preparedness Links: