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Public Service Announcement: Tsunami and Preparedness

By Mike Petrucci

If you’ve been following ITS Tactical for any amount of time you can tell that we are big advocates of being prepared. For some reason though, it takes a massive disaster, natural or otherwise, for people to be shaken into even just thinking about being prepared let alone actually taking the steps.

Much of the Pacific  is being rocked by this most recent earthquake/tsunami and Japan is getting the brunt of it. The death toll continues to rise and this is no laughing matter. Now is the time to be prepared. Actually, yesterday was the time to be prepared.

We really want to just get this message out there so it’s not going to be full of any new content but we urge you to take action. If you don’t have an emergency kit and plan in place, begin doing that now. If you already have some sort of plan, review it and check your gear to make sure everything is in working order.

Here are some past articles that you should really take the time to revisit:

Also, I was reading an article on Japan’s cell phone service. It looks like their voice network is down but the data is still flowing (for now) so you should be able to use Skype, Fring, Twitter, Facebook, etc to reach loved ones. Take some time to think what you would do without cell or Internet service? Yeah, it’s pretty scary.

Please feel free to leave a comment with ideas on how to prepare so we can help inform as many people as possible about this. What’s in your ‘go bag’ or what do you carry every day in case something like this happens?

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  • Nothing like getting called in for Duty at 3am. Im holding it down at the Ambulance base in that little town in northern California they keep mentioning in the news. So far only damage to our harbor. Nothing compared to Japan in the slightest. Im not to Religious but Im definitely prying for the people in the Warrior Nation.

  • My sister is in Guam (my brother in law is stationed there with his submarine) and said that they are doing ok. Nothing going on when compared to Japan. I did see in the news that 2 subs in Guam broke free of their moorings but tug boats were able to pull them back. Not sure if it was his sub or not but I’m glad to hear they’re ok! Especially my 6 month old niece!

  • Cynthia

    I’m all for being prepared, but I’m not sure any type of preparedness kit could have helped alot of the tsunami victims. Any provisions, ammo, etc. they may have stashed at home, in cars, or even carried was probably washed away.

    • Probably true but just another reason it might good to have a backpack with just the bare minimum and have those sternum and waist straps cinched down tight! Or at least keep a pocket survival kit in your pocket. Still, it’s worth being prepared.

  • I grew up in Hawaii and have been trough hurricanes, erupting volcanos, earthquakes, and tsunamis. We always had a emergency evacuation plan for tsunamis but there isn’t much you can do but ride out a earthquake. Once the earthquake is done you have to try to get to high ground as you know a tsunami isn’t far behind.
    It always amazed me to see people down by the beach during a tsunami warning; people can be idiots.

    • Sheep.Dog

      If people did’t act like idiots we’d be out of a job and ITS would be preaching to the choir. Just sayin. lol

  • Prime226

    I’m living in the Pacific region and my buddy and I put together this ginormous unabashed list of survival kit, in echelon’s from the every day carry, to the keep in the pick up to the cache (or safe site). One of the biggest questions we had was what type of threat are we building these kits for? Natural disasters? Ok then what kind of natural disaster? earthquakes might require a different set of kit verses say a hurricane. What about man made catastrophic events ? Terrorist attacks, robbery, riots / civil unrest. That’s going to require a different set of kit. Then what’s the TTP for these events? Do we stay? Do we go? How much people do we plan to sustain off of our kit? And for how long?
    So many different dynamics that we have theorized. We’ve got the staples MRE’s, 4 days supply of water, charcoal, flint, gerber, flash light(s) flares but I think those are just the tip of the iceberg.

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