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¥100 Items You Need for a Preparedness Kit

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While Japan is a very safe place in terms of crime, the country’s climate and geography give it the potential for a number of natural disasters. Earthquakes and typhoons are two of the most common. The recent flooding in western Japan is a somber reminder that disaster can strike at any time—here's an affordable way to prepare for the worst.

Luckily, putting together a basic disaster pack doesn’t require you to go to specialized stores or part with a huge stack of yen. You can find many of the fundamentals for sale at ¥100 shops where—as you’d guess from the name—almost all items cost just ¥100 (US$0.92) plus tax. Go, a Japanese language reporter from SoraNews24, recently made a trip to his local ¥100 store, and here are his recommendations for what to keep on hand.

Three items he recommends are sandals, cloth gloves and masks.The inclusion of sandals may seem strange, but if you’re following local customs in Japan, you’ll be taking your shoes off while inside homes, hotels and inns, and leaving them near the door. That means that if you have to make a fast emergency exit out the window, you might not be going within arm’s reach of your shoes, so having some sort of footwear inside your emergency kit is a good idea.

Likewise, if Mother Nature is releasing her fury, there’s no time for a bathroom break before evacuating. A couple of sealable plastic toilet bags will therefore come in handy, especially if Mother Nature calls you.

First aid supplies are also something your kit should include. While a triangular towel can be used as a mask, it can also be fashioned into a sling, should you suffer injuries to your shoulder or arm that require you to support and stabilize the limb. Adhesive bandages are also a good idea to add to your first aid kit.

If you’re fleeing heavy rains or flooding, being able to keep necessary items dry becomes an issue, so you’ll want waterproofing supplies like plastic bags and plastic wrap.

Electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets are critical ways to contact loved ones and get up-to-date information from the authorities, so you’ll want to keep them charged. Some good items to have for when your battery is running low are: an LED lantern light, batteries, a rechargeable mobile battery and a USB/lightning charging cable.

You can stretch your battery resources even farther by using a hand-powered LED-light instead of a standard flashlight.

No one expects you to be neatly groomed while taking refuge from a disaster, but maintaining a certain level of hygiene by using anti-bacterial wet tissues and face-washing wet tissues will help you stay healthy, especially if wherever you’re taking shelter doesn’t have access to standard bathing facilities.

And that's just the start. For even more items that you can buy at a ¥100 store and pack away in your disaster kit bag, be sure to read full story below from SoraNews24!

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