Rather than being cute plush most Japanese earthquake bags are fire retardant, such as this one from a Japanese emergency preparedness kit maker.
There are a few notable differences between Japanese kits and American kits besides the packaging. See our "Get Ready Quick" section in English, Chinese and Spanish, and download our easy checklists. One lesson we can immediately learn from the devastating earthquake in Japan of March 11, 2011 about how to survive an earthquake is that you should be prepared with some basic supplies in an earthquake survival kit to have on hand when an earthquake hits.
In order to survive an earthquake you should put together an earthquake survival kit in a backpack or bag of supplies that you can get to in a moments notice in an emergency situation that will contain an emergency supply of these vital needs in it. This is a photo of one of the many pre-made commercial earthquake survival kits that are for sale at many online vendors.
Your earthquake survival kit should include a tent or large tarp (or tarps) to use as a temporary shelter in case your home is destroyed. You should choose foods that are dehydrated, will last for a long time as they may be stored for a long time in your earthquake survival kit, and are easy to prepare.
It is important to include cooking supplies in your earthquake survival kit so you can prepare the foods that you have packed.
If you or any member of your household takes any prescription or over-the-counter medications on a daily basis, you should include a 3-5 day supply of these medications in your earthquake survival kit. If you take insulin or blood pressure medications, this part of your earthquake survival kit could mean the difference between life and death.
The earthquake kit consists of all the supplies you and your family will need to stay safe and healthy for up to three days after a disaster, including if there’s a loss of power, water, and sewage.
There’s more you’ll need to fill out your kit, depending on the time of year and you and your family’s personal needs.
WaNavi Japan is a nonprofit organization that provides international residents and their families with critical information and support to live comfortably and confidently in Japan through various services including workshops, networking, navigation, research, and consulting. Sakura-jima volcano that is located in the suthernwest Kyushu Island is the most active stratovolcano in Japan. The last particularly serious eruption in Japan occurred in 1914, when Mount Sakurajima in southern Kagoshima Prefecture blew its top.

According to study by volcanologists, Japan, which lies on the Pacific Rim of Fire, has been shaken by more than 1,000 volcanic eruptions over the past 2,000 years. Of the 1,162 eruptions, the 47 volcanoes consistently monitored by the Japan Meteorological Agency represent nearly 90 percent of the activity, or 1,012 of those events.
Thousands of tourists throng the country every year to experience the rich Japanese culture and savor the beautiful scenery. Japanese people live an average of four years longer than Americans,83 is the average life expectancy for Japanese people. The San-X chara shop released a number of emergency preparedness kits in plush backpacks, including  Hello Kitty, the popular Rirakumma bear and Tare panda. If your home is destroyed, you are dislocated from your home, or there is widespread devastation from the earthquake then food and water supplies will be very scarce.
Japan has the best infrastructure of any country to withstand this kind of earthquake, but that doesn’t mean it’s without risk. Your earthquake kit comes into play if you have to leave your home because the building is unsafe, if there is danger of fire or tsunami, or for other reasons. Several of WaNavi’s members like keeping their kits in big army-style rucksacks that you can get for ?1,000 from shops on Ameyokocho street between Ueno and Okachimachi stations, but any backpack big enough that you can easily carry will do.
Keep these three items right next to your bed when you sleep, and put them with the rest of your kit, or put them on, if you leave your home after a disaster.
WaNavi Japan has a full checklist of items available on our website, so please go over it and get your kit together. The group also provides meaningful opportunities for Japanese and international residents to interact and build personal ties. One of the most significant features of Japanese geography is the large number of volcanoes.
To be classified as active, a volcano must have erupted within the past 10,000 years or still be spewing gases, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. Mount Aso, a volcano located on Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu, erupted on Sept. Japan is the 10th most populous country in the world with a population of over 127 million people.

The kits are shown with a modicum of supplies, including water, dust masks, a radio and other go bag staples. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Earthquake Survival Manual suggests crackers, instant noodles and retort rice (shelf stable pre-cooked rice). An important part of keeping yourself and your family safe in the event of an earthquake is being prepared, and an important part of that preparedness is having an earthquake kit ready to go. Check the flashlight periodically to make sure the batteries still work, and include spare batteries in your kit. If you’d like to learn more about how earthquakes in Japan work, setting up a communication plan with friends and family, securing your home and making a stockpile, and what’s what in the emergency preparedness aisle of stores, please find us on Facebook and join us at our next earthquake preparedness workshop. The inspiration for WaNavi's work comes from the events that deeply affected Japan on March 11, 2011 and the dislocation and concern experienced by international residents in Japan.
Japan should brace for a catastrophic volcanic eruption at some point, say experts, citing a massive buildup of magma at many of the nation's 110 active volcanoes. If you think these are adorable, you can make your own by creating a personal earthquake kit for yourself or your kids in a plush backpack. As we’ve learned from past earthquakes, people trapped in buildings quickly exhausted themselves by yelling for help, so always have a whistle close at hand in case you become trapped and need to notify others of where you are. Part of WaNavi Japan’s profits go to support families who have been directly affected by the Tohoku earthquake. Your personal earthquake kit is meant to help you be self-sufficient for at least three days. The BBC posted an article about Japanese earthquake kits, detailing the contents of an earthquake kit.
The researchers said seismic activity surged at 20 active volcanoes around Japan, including Mount Fuji, after the magnitude-9.0 Great East Japan Earthquake struck last year.
You can stock extra supplies in your home earthquake kit, including additional food and water for two weeks.

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