Like most people I've been frantically checking in on news sites to see the latest on the disaster in Japan. My heart goes out to everyone who is affected but as a mother I just can't imagine what the parents of small children are going through right now. Are my children safe, will they be safe in the future, how do I manage today with no home?? It's so much to think about from my warm house with a stocked fridge. And as much as I wish no one will ever have to go through the devastation that is happening now in Japan, it will happen again, possible in my earthquake prone Bay Area.
So this week I did a few things: made a cash donation, made the above treats for a Japan bakesale (don't underestimate the power of a bakesale my friends), and most importantly we did a complete overhaul of our own family disaster kit. You can never anticipate what will happen when the big one hits but it is reassuring to know that we are now prepared to be self-sufficient for 5 days camped out in our backyard with the kids. Not to be an alarmist but where ever you live it's best to be prepared for whatever natural disaster your area faces. We followed the guidelines on 72hours.org and it's a great place to start.