The earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant catastrophe in Japan highlights the fact that disasters occur frequently and with unimaginable consequences. The level of destruction along the costal area of Japan is difficult to comprehend. No country on the planet addresses emergency management and preparedness like the Japanese and yet the effects of the recent earthquake and tsunami demonstrate that emergency planning can only go so far in preparing for natures fury. So what lessons can be learned?
For starters, crisis management will never fully address the twists and turns that nature presents but from each disaster we can learn to assess our emergency plans and continue to improve our emergency management practices including making sure that survival gear together with emergency supplies and other emergency essentials are readily available and adequately complete. Preparedness requires being diligent about how to react to any number of situations. Thankfully most emergencies won’t be a 9.0 earthquake, Class 5 tornado or a Katrina size hurricane but something smaller in scale, which still carries the cost of personal injury or life threatening consequences. Take time to assess what can go wrong where you live and work and how best to prepare your family, the fact is disasters of different scopes happen all the time, whether nature or man made and accepting this truth is the foundation for appreciating that being prepared is the key to survival!