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This Comprehensive 340-Page Survival Guide Will Help You Prepare For A Disaster

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government predicts there’s a 70 percent chance an earthquake will hit Tokyo in the next 30 years. In an effort to help its residents stay safe, it has released an extensive 340-page survival guide.

Specifically written to help those familiar with Tokyo’s urban structures and natural elements, “Disaster Preparedness Tokyo (Tokyo Bousai*) to help households get fully prepared for an earthquake directly hitting Tokyo and other various disasters.”

While I don’t plan on heading to Tokyo anytime in the near future, I did take some time to scan through the PDF version.

And to be honest, there are many moments where I found myself saying, “Huh, well that’s interesting.”

Like making a knapsack out of a pair of pants (page 213), how to make an emergency lantern (page 206) Or on page 216 and 217: how to tie different types of knots.

This may be more useful: the Guide to Other Disasters and Countermeasures. In it are tips and practical advice for heavy rain, strong winds, lightning, tornadoes, infectious diseases and more.

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