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Are you ready for disaster? (Part 1)

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After all that has been happening in Japan I wonder if this is not but a glimpse of what is to come. No, I’m not saying 2012 will be the end of the world or anything, but I can’t deny the quake and tsunami in Japan puts things in perspective.

Japan is by far one of the countries we always thought would easily deal with disaster. As one of the most advanced cultures in the world we didn’t expect anything less. After decades of prevention, Tokyo managed to stand mostly undamaged, but the small coastal towns were practically obliterated . Anything less than the cutting edge building technology on Tokyo would spell the end on most other cities around the world with a strong earthquake. And we have had quite a few in such a short window.

Haiti, New Zealand, Chile, Japan. If you are on the West Coast of US or anything near of the Pacific’s “Ring of Fire” you are more than likely to experience one of these disaster in your lifetime.

The question is… are you ready for it?

Six years ago I lived through one of the most terrible hurricanes ever to touch Mexican land. Wilma, a lvl 5 hurricane was moving at the whooping speed of 2 miles per hour. Two. Miles. Per. Hour.

My fat cat moves quicker than that. It took the hurricane two days and a half to cross the city of Cancun. And we were stuck in our houses. Thankfully, my mother had stocked food and water at the first warning of the hurricane one day before the shopping sprees emptied the stores. This happen just a month after Katrina hit New Orleans so I was really, really worried this would be the same story. Cancún is at sea level and there are only two main roads out of the city.

By the time the hurricane left, looting was prevalent in low income areas. Supermarkets were razed there and no store came untouched. My area was certainly safe, people made lines to see what they could buy from the window of the store. I was given the responsibility making a plan to ration our food for a week. We were without running water and electricity for about two weeks.

My house became a meeting point for friends trying to reach each other as we had a working phone line.

I was surprised to see how people in my neighborhood actually came out and met each other for the first time, helping in whatever was needed and making patrol duty at night. They cleared the streets of fallen trees and debris. Kids played with a soccer ball all day. After those two weeks things started going slowly back to normal.

So, I understand a little about the hardships the Japanese in Sendai are going through. And we must learn of that. The main problem with the aid in Japan is the lack of fuel for trucks and cars and some roads are blocked. Without it they could not take the most precious food and supplies people need.


Without fuel our way of life simply breaks down and cries in a corner. Isn’t it time there were more solar cars? Maybe they are not as convenient as electrical and hybrid cars but in cases like in Japan were there’s no power to charge the battery, it would have certainly been of great help.

Now if the cost is just too great, then, a nice adult trike might be the most sensitive option to carry kids and stuff around if there’s no other way.


Three Wheeled Bikes for personal supplies (around $400)

Cargo Tricycle to transport kids and much more stuff ( $500-$700 outside Mexico).

Pedicab style cargo

Actually the yellow tricycles are a common sight in Mexico because of their convenience and price compared to a car or a motorcycle.  Here you can get one of those at $260 dollars (includes taxes and shipping to any part of Mexico). Ask here for international shipping information.

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1 Comment

  1. […] (Part 2) Hey guys! Last time we were wondering if we are prepared for the eventuality of disaster with power and fuel shortages. It’s shouldn’t come as far fetched as we are indeed running out of oil. I’ll make […]

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