“How much food do we have at home for emergencies?” I asked my husband.
Grocery stores and restaurants in Japan have closed due to lack of supplies, even though some are outside the affected area.
“Well, we have enough food for 10 days,” he said. I was satisfied with his answer. We counted a big bag of rice (25 lbs.), seven cans of tuna fish, several cans of chicken and beef soup, instant noodles, and more.
But what good would rice be without water to cook it with? I checked my shelves. We found three big bottles of distilled water. This wasn’t enough. I stocked up on seven more bottles.
Then I realized that our five bags of cereal alone could feed us for two weeks. I thought about the people of Japan, and emotions rushed to my face. I wish I could share it with them.
What would you take if you had only 12 minutes of warning before a disaster were to strike?
I would probably grab my passport, money, and a warm coat.
The ones in Japan who just took their loved ones and ran survived. Those that went back for their possessions never made it, according to media reports. ♦