U.S. warship, heading to North Korea, trains with Japan

Rescue Japan Emergency Relief Organization is gearing up for assisting aid in the Tokyo area in case our pals in NK decide to release missiles into Japan. Of course Japan has an effective missile defense system and so does the U.S. military.

The problem is if NK decide to release a barrage of missiles at the same time like a hundred, I guarantee some will get through. And the first thing they will target in Japan are municipal resources, power plants, banking centers and densely populated buildings. When you go to war you target your enemies were they hurt the most and what makes them weakened.

Hopefully this will not happen. Because if it does, it bring to the end of the NK regime once and for all and I do not think they want that.

But in my years on this planet I have never seen the tensions this high between NK the US and Japan. I have never heard a Japanese leader say ‘enough is enough’. Japan is confident that this NK tyrant can be silenced once and for all with the help of US forces.

Why should this be of concern if you live in Tokyo?

When the missiles start falling, it will be like nothing you have experienced before. The noise will be 100 times louder than any other thunder storm you’ve heard. The ground will shake in small increments more massive than what they experienced in Tohoku, every time an explosion happens. When buildings start falling and streets start exploding from the impact of NK Missiles, the reality will set in harshly.
Most people will run. As they did when the earthquakes happened.

My job and the job of many aid workers is to assist in seeking and finding survivors of missiles attacks should they start landing in the Tokyo metropolitan area.

Here is what I suggest, at least until this tension subsides:

1. Keep 7 days of food water packed and ready to go at a moments notice for you and your family. Back-packs work best for carrying. Non-perishable items is best to carry.

2. Keep an emergency kit stocked and ready to go, not only for yourself but also to help your neighbors. When buildings explode or fall, the ejection of debris goes in all directions sometimes up to a mile away. Anything could penetrate your body and start bleeding. Learn how to patch wounds. Keep face masks handy, and keep pain killers in your medical kits. Even if you don’t generally take them. Have them handy.

3. Listen listen listen…. you could be at work, or at home, or shopping… the moment you hear Tokyo’s air raid sirens, get under ground. Oedo line is best, Renki line is good too, possibly Mita Line. Those lines are deep and can withstand ground impact. All of the other subways are too shallow, but if you have no other option use them.

4. There are many emergency shelters in Tokyo. Your job is to know where they are in reference to where you live and where you work. If they are not under ground, they will not stop falling debris and damage during bombings, but if they survive the initial strike, you will need them and the supplies that resides in them.

Keep in mind NK missiles can arrive inside of 5 minutes so you will not have much time to react. Should any of them get through US and Japanese defenses, it is a guess as to where they will strike in strike in Tokyo.

Be prepared to help others in your immediate area.

We are stocking up on emergency supplies. My personal immediate area is downtown in Shiba 2-chome stretching to Tokyo Tower area, going back to Hamamatsucho and south to Tamachi eki.

Should any missiles strike in this area and I survive, I will immediately try to assist in evacuations and emergency care.

Make a good plan on how you can help in your area. It is dire to think this way but it is also better to be prepared than not to be.

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