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My family’s Emergency kit

数日間、物資支援や人的援助を受けられない事態に備え、防災グッズを用意してみました。Reasonable life
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I always think, “Even though you are a child, Keep surviving for several days with your own baggage.” In COVID-19 pandemic, I have paid attention to the news about the way of municipal response to a typhoon and earthquake, some damaged area didn’t support for transportation and humanitarian aid quickly because of the concern for hygiene. (On purpose, I don’t tell you clearly which disaster is that.)
I have never been to a shelter or faced the situation that my house became out of function. I don’t have any particular experience of natural disaster; however, I have traveled many places ever because my family moved a lot due to my parents’ job. Then, I selected some Emergency kits from those points of view.

Emergency goods are carefully selected with earthquake, tsunami, and flood damage in mind.

Mainly, the height above sea level of my town is low. In addition, my house is located in coast aera. Therefore, it’s possible that tsunami will hit my house when an earthquake happens. According to the official information from my city government, my hometown is the area where flood disasters occur frequently. From these things, I’m going to prepare for a flood disaster occurred by heavy rain and tsunami.
Specifically, I consider these 3 points.

  • preparation for the failure of water and sewage systems
  • where to escape from Tsunami
  • some routes getting to the shelter

Carefully selected Emergency goods assuming earthquake and flood damage

In marketplaces, the major Emergency kits are backpack type. Under the condition that I cannot use my car, I think suitcase type is better because I need to add clothes to general Emergency kits.
My home is surrounded by roads with ups and downs. So, I think it’s hard to keep carrying food and clothes on my back, so do my child and husband. From those viewpoints, I selected some Emergency goods for disaster.

Introducing carefully selected emergency goods by category

I saved the weight of child’s baggage as much as possible but I want to keep the function quality. I expect my child to survive without adults. As a supplement, when posting the selected emergency goods on one page, it may not be possible to read the product link at once. In that case, please reload the page to see the product.

1.valuables・necessities

2.suitcase・helmet・bedding・clothes

3.emergency food・bottle water ・cutlery

4.radio・nightlight

5.easonal goods

6.hygiene materials

7.sanitary/toilet goods

8.stationary portable toilet

This toilet is not only for portable but also for putting on balcony or indoor.This can be used when water system stopped.
My husband’s weight is around 100kg, so I paid special attention to the load withstand ability.Of course, there are so many kinds of toilet like reasonable one and toilet with tent.Please choose the best one for you!

what we tackle to have higher awareness

I think most people hesitate to drink filtered water although we met at disaster. Neither do portable toilet.I prepared several colored collapsible plastic baskets but I’m not sure that I can use them properly.My husband is clumsy person, so I worried that he could use them without breaking. And about my son, I’m wondering that he can share goods with other people with controlling own baggage.
I am a housewife, so I have those anxiety. From those viewpoints, I prepared my emergency kit. It should be easy to use, light and small, and not looking expensive.

go camping and use those emergency kits

Of course, I have possibility to get lost the way to use those goods. So, I’m going to go camp with my family and use emergency kit practically! In case that both my house and the shelter would be destroyed, I expect that my child will manage to do for several days if we do so. We, adults must move for children. Or I just write and show this article.

In my city, there are some camp sites so I can go camping with my family after COVID-19 pandemic. I would like to have strong awareness of disaster risk management with my family by doing like that and always having a question, “What if we are in such a situation?”

Latest map symbol has changed from parents’ generation! Children are in trouble if they can’t go to the shelter without a cellphone!

As the title suggests, the map symbols that we learned at school are no longer used and are being replaced by internationally accepted map symbols. It is said that the Tokyo Olympic games is the reason of the change. Therefore, I think it is important not only to read the hazard map, but also to walk around the area and compare it with the map symbols. Since my son was 2 years old, I have taken a walk with him for 30 minutes one way almost every day.

Actually, I was taking a daily walk for the special reason. That is, I wanted him to experience the traffic rules and to be able to read the hazard map and map symbols around the age of 5-6. Of course, it takes long time for him to walk 30 minutes way, I always take breaks depends on his pace and interests. My husband drives to his office and his workplace is a little far away, so he is good at going out, but he is not very familiar with information such as paths and loopholes around our home, shelter locations, and sea level.

In that respect, I used to go for a walk with my child to explore the neighborhood, so I may be the exact opposite of my husband.

City security might be unstable, tell children how to protect own baggage from criminal

I can teach how to use the emergency kit to my son. But if he was asked to “lend it to me” by someone who he doesn’t know, how should he answer. Adult can respond easily but children might lend consumables by mistakes.

Perhaps, most parents don’t consider lending and borrowing problems. If parents were damaged seriously, left children need to live alone. In addition, shelters don’t have enough private space at the beginning so there is a burglary risk at night. From those points, I want to tell my son how to share and protect own belongings by asking him “How will you do in this situation?”

  • Consumables won’t be back if you lend, so don’t lend it as much as possible.
  • If you need to lend it, keep it in mind that your stuff won’t be back.
  • When you lend your belongings, tell the person to return it definitely.
  • Ask the person to lend you something in return

Just in case, I will write name on every single belonging.

conclusion

As above, I selected Emergency goods with those viewpoints. Japan has high level public health, but I concern that some systems wouldn’t work in this pandemic. Although the house would be destroyed, we can do camping in yard. If I can do so, it means my preparation is useful. For the emergency, I think everyone should think about these issues seriously.

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