Apartment Safety: 3 Items to Have in Case of a Tsunami

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Apartment Safety: 3 Items to Have in Case of a Tsunami

Staff Writer · Mar 10, 2010

Apartment safety is a priority, for emergency preparedness and every day living. In the case of a tsunami, there are some items you’ll want to have “ready to go”. Staying in your apartment is not an option when one of these is headed towards you. A tsunami is the result of a large amount of water that is displaced due to an earthquake underneath the ocean, resulting in high waves that crash structures and can drown people on the way down. Evacuation is your only option, and having supplies ahead of time in an emergency kit is necessary if you want to be prepared. The following are 3 items to have on hand, especially if you live in a coastal community:

1 – Emergency Water Pouches and Filter

You cannot survive more than 3 days without water. The irony in the case of a tsunami, is that there will be a lot of water. However, you want to be as far away from it as possible. Such a crisis is bound to make it difficult to go to a store to buy water. That’s why you need some of your own in an emergency kit that you assemble as part of your apartment safety plan. You will also need the ability to clean any water you find. Emergency water pouches have water, are compact and light to carry and have a shelf life of 5 years. There are also lightweight water filters, such as the Berkey Sport Water Bottle Filter, that you can include in your kit to separate contaminants if you find water during your evacuation.

2 – Food

You apartment safety plan has to include solutions to having an adequate amount of food to eat. You can go longer than 3 days without food, but not too much longer. Carrying a large number of canned goods is not practical in an evacuation, because you won’t be able to bare the weight. However, a few cans are fine, and don’t forget to throw in a can opener. This may be your only option if you have special dietary needs, or suffer from food allergies. Most of the food pouches available for camping, or meals-ready-to-eat meals are not suitable if you want organic food or must avoid certain food items, like gluten. You need food that will provide at least 1,500 calories per day in your kit, and a 3 days supply is required.

3 – AM/FM Radio

One way to find out what’s happening in your community in the wake of a tsunami is to have an AM/FM radio. A hand-cranked radio with a small solar batter cell is the best kind to get, because you’ll never have to worry about batteries. It will keep you informed about the efforts underway in your area, and warn you of any other dangers that might be headed your way.

Every one in your home needs a kit for apartment safety. Don’t forget to include small toys and books in your children’s kit.

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