Earthquakes can be quite unpredictable in their severity and impact. Regardless of how well a city is prepared to deal with natural calamities, there is no telling how an earthquake will turn out or how it will impact our daily lives. Japan has been preparing for the Nankai Trough Earthquakes, which experts predict to strike the country soon. However, surviving a disaster becomes easier if one prepares in advance, especially for those who stay in high rise blocks. In this article, we look at some items that are similar to the Red Cross Emergency Kit that you can use during such unforeseen situations.
Interviewee: Mr. Takamasa Wada
Mr. Wada is a Disaster Crisis Management Adviser and Disaster Prevention Expert. He is familiar with countermeasures against earthquakes, natural disasters and is actively involved in writing, supervising and conducting lectures on disaster management.
It is best to wait at your office rather than going home immediately after the earthquake
Earthquakes often hit hardest to people who are working in offices and are away from home. It is recommended to stay in the office premises, if it is safe, rather than going home. Going home is not safe until the traffic infrastructure recovers.
In the aftermath of earthquakes, the streets are flocked by people and the affected areas are usually in a state of chaos. Furthermore, aftershocks may occur and it is very unsafe to walk on the streets right after an earthquake. Japanese companies often prepare earthquake countermeasures for the safety of their employees but they cannot prepare for everything. Therefore, all individuals should be ready with their own medicines, eye masks and some food like chocolates for emergency situations.
It is critical for all companies to be responsible for the well-being of their employees. Therefore, emergency food must be stored, emergency lights must be installed and reparation of the office building made from time to time.
Here are some of the disaster prevention measures that companies, employers and employees should follow.
No.1: Emergency kit that can be attached to the side of the desk!
Kokuyo Emergency Goods Set
Desk Side type 1.5 ℓ
Actual price 4445 yen ($ 40.41)
This kit has been carefully prepared to include all essential items during a disaster. It comprises of a safety hat (to protect your head from glass fragments), whistle, light sticks and other essential items. You can stick it to metal desk or cabinets since it has a powerful magnet attached.
[POINT] You can use it immediately after being opened
This emergency kit has a thin case with dimensions W190 × H225 × D60 mm, so it is easy to carry. Kits of various protection helmets and in-car types are also available.
No.2: A box to help you survive in case you are forced to stay in an area during disasters!
King Jim Disaster Reserve Set SBS-100
Actual Price 5184 yen ($ 47.13)
King Jim Disaster Reserve Set is a one-day survival kit in case you are stuck in office or have been evacuated to a safe spot during disaster. There are a total of 6 items in this kit including preserved water, rice, simple toiletries and aluminum blanket.
【POINT】Easy to store along with A4 size paper files
Since it is an A4 file size package, it fits perfectly within the drawer or the office bookshelf. It can also be used as a pillow in case you are spending long hours away from home after an earthquake.
Some convenient goods that one should have outside the home as well!
Some of these goods may sound strange to you but they can be very helpful if you are at office during disaster. They help reduce the burden on the body during your stay away from home.
If you are stuck in office during an earthquake, you would need comfortable footwear. You can change from your leather shoes or heels into sneakers because you never know how long you will have to stay. Walking a long distance is much easier in your sneakers in case you have to evacuate the building.
Few companies provide good facilities for overnight stay during unexpected disasters. It is a good option to be prepared with your own sleeping bags and blankets to survive. This is really crucial during winter in case the central heating stops working.