That’s a great way to remember how to be safe during a thunder and lightning storm.
A simple phrase to remember is when thunder roars go in doors. Stay there at least 30 min after the last sound of thunder.
Now this response is going to make me sound like I am as crazy as a corondg, but here it goes!I live in Japan. When we moved here, I made sure my home felt "earthquake safe" and didn’t have anything on the walls above our beds, couch, or kitchen table. Our tall furniture is even bolted to the wall. I had some bottled water and canned food, but nothing like I do now.Since the disasters, I keep at least a 1 week supply of bottled water for my family AND pets, and always have 2 extra bags of dog food (in addition to the one they’re currently working through). I have cabinets full of non-perishables (non-electric can openers are a must!). I’ve got tons of extra blankets, battery powered fans, flashlights, hand-crank AM/FM radio,and those stick-on battery operated lights in every room.I sound like a nut, right? :) Well, when the earthquakes and tsunami hit the first things to go were water and gas. You couldn’t find them ANYWHERE. I’ve learned since then to keep my car as full as possible. Once they were able to start bringing gasoline into the country again, I stopped letter my tank get less than 75% full. I don’t drive much, so that’s probably a little excessive for people who use cars as their normal means of transportation.I was fortunate enough to realize I was moving to a high risk area. I quickly learned a lot from smaller earthquakes and power loses and I think I’ll probably carry some of my emergency preparedness crazyiness home with me when I relocate back to the states. It probably sounds OCD to people who don’t live in ares prone to natural disaster, but it’s better to be a little nutty than to be caught without something you need! We were put under a warning not to leave our homes and go outside (due to the radiation risk), and were told not to drink the water. Those risks are now gone, but you’re right! How scary would that be if you were unprepared?Your post is thought provoking. Sorry for the long comment, though! This struck home with me and I wanted to share how my views have changed since everything happened.