Along with many of you, the people of Japan have been on my mind and in my prayers.
I've been thinking about the unimaginable things that people there are facing right now. I've watched the videos; I've seen the before and after images; I've listened to the stories that move me to tears. There really are no words.
I've been thinking about how much I loved Japan the two times I visited - once in high school with my Dad and once for a scrapbooking event a few years back. It's one of my favorite places I've traveled to and I hope to visit again.
I've also been thinking about our own disaster readiness (or lack of readiness) here at home. What we would do, in our own family, if there was an earthquake? We're not in a tsunami danger zone here (we're an hour from the coast), but we're definitely in an area they say is simply waiting for the "Big One."
I decided we need to take action. We need a family disaster kit/plan/etc. We've got a few things in our garage, but definitely not enough, and we don't have a plan.
I'm starting with the Red Cross website. I downloaded the Be Red Cross Ready (PDF) and will be getting together our plan and kits over the next couple of weeks. Here's another site to check out: www.72hours.org.
Many of you live in areas of the country and world that face natural disasters more frequently. Regardless of where you live, do you have a disaster plan in place? Do you have supplies on hand? Do your kids know what to do?