実践ビジネス英語 2019/2/1
1 金 Lesson20 Be Prepared (6)

Our current vignette talks about preparing for disasters as Ueda says. Most Japanese households have an emergency kit. I hope your family has supplies ready too, Heather?

We do. There are still a few more things I’d like to add, but overall I think we have a good basic set of useful items.
We’ve got a combination radio, flashlight, phone charger, for example, that can be powered by solar energy or a hand crank. There’s also a large collapsible water jug made of a tear-resistant plastic and several days’ worth of food pouches that we just need to add water to. We’ve got those really thin shiny blankets that hold in body heat
and a multifunction tool that’s got a knife, scissors, pliers, etc. all in one. There’s a first-aid kit too. Though the vignette reminded me that I should take a course on emergency care for burns and broken bones and such. Or, perhaps I could find some online tutorials. My current knowledge is limited to putting bandages on cuts.

What kind of things do you want to add?

At some point, I would like to get a tent. I’ve seen some in camping stores that are pretty spacious when they’re set up, but can be stored very compactly. We also need a couple of large, sturdy backpacks for my husband and me, so we can move around as necessary with a bunch of supplies but still have our hands free.
And I must admit, I hadn’t even thought about water filtration until I read about it in the vignette.
I must get some supplies in that regard. We’ve got our big water jug like I said, but it might be a long while
before there’s clean water to put in it. The vignette also talks about the skills that so-called preppers learn, to get ready for possible disaster situations. Do you have any of those skills, Mr. Sugita?

Actually, I was a Boy Scout in my middle school days. So the motto, “Be prepared” is still close to my heart. Once a Scout, always a Scout, you know. I camped outdoors and learned to use flag signals to send a message. I know how to build a fire even on a rainy day.
Are there any prepper skills you’d like to learn?

Certainly building a fire in various circumstances, that would be very useful. Maybe you could show me after our next recording? I’m just kidding. I know how to fish, basically, but I would like to learn how to gut a fish and prepare it for eating. And orienteering. I don’t think I’ve ever used a compass at all, actually. And I really should start strength training again, lifting the dumbbells I’ve got at home. If a disaster comes, there will be a whole lot of physical exertion that I’m not used it. Much more walking, and carrying and moving heavy things, including my daughter.

You know, in my professional career as a communications consultant, I’ve counseled many clients on crisis preparedness. A company must be ready for three questions that will always be asked:
What happened? Why did it happen? And what are you doing to make sure it never happens again?
No one is immune to crisis, and how an organization responds has more impact on the ultimate damage than the crisis itself.

Yes. Like the famous case in the United States in the 1980s, where multiple people died after taking over-the-counter medicine that had been poisoned. The company involved handled the crisis so well. It had nearly the same market share for that type of medicine just one year later.

crank エンジンを手動でスタートさせる時の道具
collapsible 折り畳める
tear-resistant, tear-resistance 引き裂き抵抗
pouches (pouch) 小物入れ
sturdy 丈夫な
gut 内臓を取る
 名詞の gut, guts 日本語のガッツ
immune 影響を受けない、〔病気・毒などに対して〕免疫(性)の、免疫になっている


明日の百より今日の五十
Fifty today is better than one hundred tomorrow.
明日の事は当てにならないから、たとえ少なくても現実に手に入るものの方がいい。

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
手中の1羽はやぶの中の2羽に値する
たとえ、僅かでも簡単に得られるもので満足すべきで、それを犠牲にしてさらに大きな利益を狙うべきでない。
大きいけれども不確実な将来の利益よりも、小さくても今の確実な利益のほうがいい。




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