Kamaishi destroyed by an oncoming tsunami
I'm holding back my emotions watching this YouTube clip showing a tsunami lay waste to the coastal town of Kamaishi. It's a humbling example of the power of nature, something that the coastal town of Vancouver, B.C. is long overdue for.
We created an earthquake preparedness kit a couple of years ago, and it's time for us to check our supplies. Has any food item perished? Are batteries still fresh for flashlights? Do we have things that can comfort us in inclement weather? Where will our water supply come from? How long must we get by without electricity? How will those of us in our household reconnect if there is a large earthquake? What number could we call out of town to let each other know we're safe? Where will we marshal together after a catastrophe? How will we communicate when phone, internet and mobile service is down for an extended period? Do we have a radio which runs without batteries?
We're going to be updating our kit this weekend. Here's a good list with ideas on what you need for yours.
There are so many images coming from Japan now, but this one of hundreds of collapsed shipping containers really struck me as to the power of Thursday's earthquake.
- post by Mike