Let's first consider that in the past 24 hours, Japan has had 1) record setting earthquake (damaged and collapsed buildings, impassable roads, etc.) 2) barely an hour later, 18'-30' wall of water extending in miles from the coast. 3) nuclear leak (minor radiation exposure) 4) evacuation (up to 20km, about 13 miles), as a result of the nuclear incidents 5) pretty much entire cities going up in flame. My wife asked how any of our preps would have helped in a situation like this. It got me thinking of the above list, then the fact that depending on where you lived in Japan you could have been hit with pretty much anywhere from 1 to 5 of those disasters. Each of these disasters, outside of the earthquake is a direct result of the earthquake. So, I started to consider what natural events could affect my area (earthquake, tornado, etc.) and if one of these happened, let's go with tornado, what the other events could be. I could have secondary disasters of hazardous spill from the tornado overturning and rupturing cars from a nearby railroad or even a passing semi. All the destruction could easily start fires. And of course the tornado itself could have destroyed the house. The hazardous spills could trigger evacuation. In looking at what we have and what are plans are, we can start to see a lot of holes and where we need to look at more options. At the very least, an off site cache of supplies. Due to tornado destruction, anything we might need could easily be buried or scattered across the neighborhood. An evacuation might not allow enough time to take what we want/need. Having at least a few boxes of stuff kept elsewhere could literally be a life saver. This will be a big learning experience for me (and probably everyone on here) that you need to prep and plan to accommodate multiple possible concurrent events and have the flexibility to adapt to them all.