Like many disasters, there was little to no warning that such a catastrophic event would occur and most people were far from ready for it (although in Japan they are much more prepared for earthquakes than we are in the US).
I've blogged previously about how to be prepared for an earthquake so that post will be a quick refresher:
- Watch this video to get an idea about how and what to prepare for in the event of an earthquake.
- Then read this FEMA page with a massive amount of links about how to get prepared for an earthquake.
- LA County had a pretty good earthquake preparedness guide. Apparently it has been replaced by this. Still a good read that hits on all of the preparedness topics.
- You NEED a Bug Out Bag. Put one together based on these examples: Example #1 Example #2 Example #3 Example #4
- You need a plan. Here is one example.
And the most important part...practice! Hold regular earthquake drills for your family. Hold regular communication drills with family and friends. Prepare ahead of time by getting your BOB ready, knowing the basics (ie: how to turn off the gas, how to drop cover and hold, how to make safe drinking water in the event of an extended disaster, etc), and have a cushion of cash available should you need to bug out or just buy fuel or food when there is an extended power outage.
The bottom line, as we saw in Japan, is that during an earthquake of this magnitude, luck plays a pretty big role in survival, however being prepared ahead of time can push the luck meter a bit more towards your favor.