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Emergency -- earthquake occurs

Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. There is no way of knowing when,where,or on what scale earthquakes will occur.
However,  past earthquakes have taught us how to prepare for and respond to disaster in order to reduce safety risks

In the event of disaster, the Japanese government broadcasts warning messages on all phone networks.  Your phone will sound loudly and display a message in Japanese describing the nature of the disaster.

Preparing for Disaster
box  Check evacuation routes and the location of emergency shelters in your neighbourhood
box  Prepare an evacuation kit
box  Make sure family and friends have your address and contact details

If an earthquake occurs...

When you are at home or work

box Ensure your physical safety
Shelter under a table, desk, or similar object. Stay clear of refrigerators, pianos, cupboards chests, bookshelves, and other upright 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. Doors can become jammed due to tremors,  especially in apartment buildings.
box Be prepared for aftershocks
Be aware that major earthquakes are always followed by aftershocks. Clear all the furniture from one room and turn it into a safe zone for the whole family to sleep and live in.
box Stay informed
Listen to information being broadcast on official channels on the television, radio, etc. 
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 a nearby object. Avoid falling objects, move quickly away from buildings, and evacuate to a place that seems safe. Get away from high risk areas near window panes, vending machines, block walls etc.
box If you are on public transport
Follow the instructions of staff. 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.

In the event of tsunami...
box  In the event of an earthquake or tsunami, mobile phones will receive an emergency alert and warning sirens will sound.
box Move away from the coast and rivers and try to get to higher ground.
box Follow dark green evacuation signs to the nearest evacuation point.
box If you cannot reach high ground, try to find a sturdy building such as a school or public building.
box Be aware that small as well as large earthquakes can trigger tsunami. 


Preparing for Disaster at home
box Confirm where the safest place is in your house or apartment.
box Fasten furniture such as refrigerators, shelves and pianos to prevent them from falling or moving during a quake.
box Keep glass and ceramic items in a low cupboard.
box Have sturdy footwear ready to prevent injury from any broken glass.
box Store enough drinking water to last for a few days (2-3 liters per person per day).
box Store enough foods to last for a few days (around 3days' worth of pre-packed, freeze-dried, canned and other preserved foods. Remenber powdered milk or baby food etc. for infants)
box Keep a supply of common medicines and a first aid kit.
box Prepare an emergency kit (include items such a torch, radio, spare dry batteries, emergency fuel, warm clothes, food and water).

list_link2.gif Emergency telephone conversation

source : Ibaraki Prefecture
  Booklet of "Safty Guide"

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