There She Blows! – 5 Typhoon Preparedness Tips

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  • Japan is indeed a very safe country crime-wise, however, natural disasters are not at all that rare in the land of the rising sun. One of the frequent natural calamities in Japan would be typhoons. While the majority of typhoons certainly won’t blow you away, they may cause many inconveniences, as the electricity and water tend to go off in the event of major typhoons. So, how to be prepared?

    1. Water

    In the event of a direct hit, you may find yourself without basic necessities, especially water. A lot of stores and convenience stores offer 1.5 litres or water for about 100 yen, so stock up! This can be used for drinking, cooking, looking after pets, etc. However, it is important to remember how much water you use daily. Washing, brushing teeth, cleaning up, etc. Even with the low price of bottled water, it can add up. One way to stay on top of the things is to fill your bathtub up with water before the storm hits, ensuring you have an ample supply of non-drinking water to use on hygiene essentials.

    2. Cash

    In the land of 24 hour ATMs, cash cards, and credit cards, it is easy to overlook this basic necessity. When the power goes out, cash is key. Many local shops, markets, and generator operated vending machines will still be running during and after a typhoon, so make sure you have at least 10,000 yen in a combination of small bills and coins to get through the worst of it.

    3. Medicine

    Japan may seem like a technological and customer servicing masterpiece, but in the end – everything stops during the worst disasters. Making sure you have a few days supply of essential medicine for both humans and pets will make a bad situation more bearable. Digestive medicine, painkillers, and any prescription drugs, along with basic first aid supplies are worth stocking up on.

    4. Gum Tape

    The duct tape of the East. Cheap and effective, this stuff will protect your windows from shatter, secure any flimsy objects, and patch up places in a pinch. Although troublesome to remove afterward, you can see the average Japanese house with windows taped up, and plants held in place before every major storm.

    5. Food

    This may seem like a no-brainer, but prepared food is essential for any disaster. From packaged food, to boil and eat ready meals, keeping a stash on hand will get you through the worst days. A lot of options are available, and it is well worth investing in a portable gas cooker (think camping stove) to boil water, cook noodles, and heat up that delicious instant curry while you are sitting in a dark room lamenting not charging your smartphone.

    Being prepared for the worst may take a little time and money, but it will all be worth it when you are sitting in a 2DK with no water, power, or elevator.

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