September 1 Is Japan’s Disaster Prevention Day
Here are all the emergency essentials you need.
It doesn’t matter where we are in the world. There is always a risk of the sudden occurrence of any natural disaster. The only thing we can do is know what to do in case of a natural disaster such as an earthquake and be prepared for what’s to come.
The first day of September is Japan’s Disaster Prevention Day, also known as “bousai no hi.” Schools and offices practice evacuation drills nationwide, especially in the Kanto region. During this time of the year, Japan residents are reminded to have an emergency bag ready.
Here, we have gathered a list of essential items that we believe are best to include in your emergency bag. This is quite useful, whether or not you are in Japan, so take notes!
Everything you need in your emergency bag
In times of calamity, losing water supply is common so we’re putting drinking water on top of this list. The recommended amount is at least a liter per day per person.
Emergency food rations may be pricey, but at least you don’t have to worry about their expiration. You may also stock on retort foods, cup noodles, biscuits, chocolates, or any food you know that doesn’t spoil easily and does not require heat to be prepared. They say it is ideal to have three days’ worth of food per person.
Have you ever seen those multifunctional radios and flashlight combo with built-in hand crank? Now is the best time to purchase these and add to your emergency bag. Aside from water, electricity always gets cut during calamities and the last thing we want to happen is to stay in the dark and not know what’s happening in the world. The radio will help you be informed of what’s happening. Some latest models also work as portable chargers.
During the big earthquake of March 2011, all phone lines were out except for the internet. So make sure you have your phone with you and have a portable charger so you won’t run out of battery. This way, you can connect to emergency hotlines as well as stay connected to your family and friends.
First Aid Kit
While we hope that you don’t have to use them, having a first aid kit is an essential. Some of the common items found in a kit are band-aids in different sizes, disinfectants, a triangular bandage, face masks, and some pain relievers.
If your chosen bag still has some space, you might want to include some clothes, toiletries, a blanket, kairo or heating pads, rainwear, and some ¥10 coins for use of the public phones. Just make sure that your emergency bag will not be too heavy for you to carry and put them near the exit where you can easily grab and go.
If you want to be sure that you have all the essentials covered, you might want to check on the Bousai (disaster prevention) backpacks available for purchase online or in department stores. These already have a set of everything, making it even easier to prepare for the worst.
(28 August 2019)