In response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the devastation there, we have a strong, vivid reminder to be prepared for disasters and emergencies. Here, in southern California, we are part of the same Pacific Ring, with a very real potential for earthquakes. The government posts lists of items we are to keep in our homes, procedures to take to prepare for disaster and steps to take with your families to be ready. Not paranoid, but ready. However, even living in an earthquake prone area, I hadn't taken specific steps. This morning, as part of our regular shopping trip, we bought extra canned goods to store in a low cupboard near the back door. Some fruit, some vegetables, chili beans and some soups. Not a huge amount, just something set aside as a resource if we need it. I dated them with a sharpie, and plan on rotating them out, as I'm sure we'll find uses for those items along the way. But, at least it's a start. I put a can opener with them, too.
Our supplies are very dependent on the city systems. My plan, is that our family could be self-sufficient, at least for awhile, and not need the aid of others, which could then go toward much needier families. By preparing our family, we may not be doing much, but at least our efforts could alleviate some of the strain on a society under dire circumstances.
Is your family prepared for disaster?