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Emergency -- earthquake occurs



Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world.We have to no way of knowing when,where,or on what scale earthquakes will occur.
Earthquakes always strike unexpectedly.But in Japan, past experiences of earthquakes has taught us first to ensure our physical safety and to turn off sources of fire as soon as we feel the shaking of an earthquake.


If an earthquake occurs...

When you are at home

box Ensure your physical safety
Shelter under a table, desk, or similar object. Stay clear of refrigerators, pianos, cupboards chests, bookshelves, and other uprights furniture.
box Turn off sources of fire
Extinguish all sources of fire, such as heaters, cookers, and bathwater heaters.Turn gas off at the mains.
box Secure an exit
Open your front door immediately. The door could become jammed in a big jolt (especially in apartment buildings).
box Be prepared for aftershocks
Major earthquakes are always followed by aftershocks:be careful of these. Clear all the furniture from one room and turn it into a safe zone for the whole family to sleep and live in.
box Tune in to correct information
Listen to correct information on the television,radio,etc.Don't be misled by rumours.
box Cooperate with your neighbors
If a fire breaks out, call out loudly "KAJI-DA' to warn people. If you need help, call to your neighbors.
 

When you are outside

box In the street
Protect your head with both hands or some object that you are carrying.Avoid falling objects, quickly get away from buildings, and evacuate to a place that seems safe. Get away from shop window panes, automatic vending machines, block walls, and the like.
box If you are on public transport
Follow the instructions of personnel.Don't go out though emergency exits or windows unless instructed.
box If you are driving
Pull over to the kerb without applying emergency brekes. If you get out of your car, leave the key in the ignition and the doors unlocked.


Earthquake measures in the home, protecting daily lives

box Confirm where the safest place is in your house or apartment.
box Fasten furniture,refrigerators,and pianos to prevent them from falling.
Take steps to prevent flying glass.Have footwear ready to prevent injury.
box Store enough drinking water:2-3 liters per person a day.
Store enough foods (3days' provisions of pre-packed, freeze-dried, canned and other preserved foods: don't forget powdered milk, baby food etc. for infants)
box Prepare backpack or emergency bag (pocket touch, radio, spare dry batteries, emergency fuel, and other items ready)


list_link2.gif Emergency telephone conversation


source : Ibaraki Prefecture
  Booklet of "Safty Guide"


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