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Items to Take with You.Have on Hand in the Event of Evacuation

A basic tenet of being prepared for a disaster is to have certain items to takewith you, and items on hand in case you must evacuate. Collect the itemsyou need from amongst the following, depending on your family situation.Regularly check the expiration dates on food items and make sure thatelectronic equipment is working properly.

Items to take

The following are the minimum vital goods you will need if you must evacuate. Since carrying items that are excessively heavy can impede your evacuation, keep items to a minimum, and have them ready to take with you at any time.

  • Helmet/hood

    These items can protect your head from falling objects. Take one for each family member.

  • Flashlight

    Needed during blackouts or for moving at night. If possible, have one on hand for each person.

  • Portable radio

    Bring a small, light radio, preferably one on which you can listen to both FM and AM stations.

  • Backup battery

    People often tend to forget batteries. It's a good idea to have extra batteries for your flashlight, portable radio, etc., just in case.

  • Emergency food items

    Food items that can be consumed without heating, such as dried breads, alpha rice, etc.

  • Water

    Bring PET bottles handy for travel.

  • Emergency medical supplies/over-the-counter medications

    Take disinfectant ointment, Band-Aids, fever-reducing medicine, cold medicine, stomach medicine, etc. Also, do not forget any regular medications that you take.

  • Valuable items/cash

    Bank passbooks, medical insurance cards, driver's licenses, etc. Bring not only bills but 10-yen coins for use in public phone booths.

  • Daily-use items

    Clothing, work gloves, knives, lighters, can openers, portable toilets, etc.

Items to keep on hand

These items should be stocked in case city operations come to a halt for a number of days. Keep a minimum of three days' worth of supplies.

  • Emergency food items

    Keep items that can be eaten as they are, or that can be prepared easily, e.g. alpha rice, retort pouch rice, cans, retort pouch meals, instant noodles, chocolate, etc. Seasoning such as soy sauce, miso, etc., are also handy.

  • Water

    Store drinking water as well as water for everyday use. Have three liters per day per person of drinking water, and store everyday-use water in plastic tanks, etc.

    Get into the habit of keeping bathwater until you take your next bath. This can be used as everyday-use water in the event of a disaster.

  • Flashlights

    Necessary during blackouts or for moving at night. If possible, have one for each person.

  • Daily use items

    Portable stove, extra gas cylinders, blankets, clothing, toilet paper, dry shampoo, plastic bags, kitchen wrapping, feminine sanitary products, etc.

  • Tools

    In case your house is destroyed or damaged, have a shovel, crowbar, saw, carjack, etc., on hand for rescue operations.

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