It's the international crisis that is sparking fears right here at home. Americans are forced to consider whether they're prepared for an emergency of epic proportions.
The New York Daily News asks, "Are we safe?"
"If there were a release from a nuclear power plant, we would be giving directions to the public. We would be asking them to stay in their homes or we may be asking them to evacuate. If they were evacuated and felt they have been contaminated, we would direct them to a reception center where we can scan them to see if they have been contaminated with any radioactivity," explained Liz Benjamin, Assistant Director of Emergency Preparedness from Rockland County, NY.
Experts say every family should have an American Red Cross emergency preparedness kit.
"The first thing you do want to have is water, critically important during any emergency. The second thing is food, people need an energy source, such as energy bars. You want some kind of light source in case you have to navigate a dark stairway. You watch the images on TV and it drives home the fact that we can always do more to ensure that we're safe," said Jim Parker, Mission Programs Officer from Metro NY Red Cross.
For more information on how to help efforts in Japan and better prepare yourself, go to their website.