What If It Happened Here?

Haiti, New Orleans, now Japan…all places we think of when we consider the power of nature.  Seeing the devastation from last week’s earthquake and tsunami, while the loss is tradgic, the strength and preparedness of the people of Japan is amazing.

carry a list of your prescriptions in your wallet or handbag

Tragedies can occur anywhere and anytime.  What if your home, neighborhood or city was destroyed?  How difficult a time would you and your family have?

If relying on medication is a part of your daily routine, carry a list of your prescriptions in your wallet or handbag.  Include prescription numbers and the prescribing physician.

Keep a “stash” of cash available.  If power goes out it could be days or weeks before ATM’s or banks are up and running.

It is easy to think food is plentiful as your pantry stays stocked.  Seeing entire neighborhoods decimated this week, it makes sense to have an emergency “grab & go kit”.  Replenish every six months with water, dried foods, flash lights, blankets, plastic bags, and change of clothes.   Also include a few days of medicines.

For more emergency ideas and preparedness information check out:

Preparation Nation
American Red Cross

It seems with every catastrophe we realize new lessons for preparing for the worst should the same happen here.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan.

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