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更新日:2017年9月1日

Preparation for Major Earthquakes

September 1 is “Disaster Prevention Day” and August 30 through September 3 is “Disaster Prevention Week.”

Japan is an earthquake-prone country. In the last few decades, the country has experienced numerous major jolts, including the Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in 1995, the 3.11 East Japan Earthquake in 2011 and, most recently, the Kumamoto Earthquake in April 2016.

To ensure everyone’s safety during and after a major earthquake, it’s essential to prepare for “self-help” and “mutual-help” in order to avoid injuries in the house.

Damage caused by an earthquake

Elevators

Be aware that elevators may stop operating due to tremors. If you get trapped in an elevator, consider that help may not arrive promptly due to stalled traffic outside in case of a disaster. Furthermore, use of elevators at apartment buildings may become limited immediately after a quake, forcing you to use the stairs.

Damage caused by falling items

According to a Tokyo Fire Department survey, 40 percent of injuries inflicted during an earthquake are caused by toppling furniture or falling items. If you live in a high-rise building, help may not arrive immediately due to elevators not functioning.

Utility damage

Gas, water and electricity supplies may be suspended as a result of a large earthquake. It is highly possible that in case of a large earthquake in the Tokyo region, restoration of services may take a very long time, as it was after the 3.11 East Japan Earthquake. There is also a chance that toilets will stop working due to burst pipes.

Evacuation

If a large-scale earthquake occurs, head to a community gathering spot, chiki shugo basho, designated by the town councils or residents’ associations, then confirm people’s safety and disaster conditions. If such places are at risk of fire outbreaks, go to a specified wide-area evacuation site, koiki hinan basho. If your area is a designated staying area, chikunai zanryu chiku, it is safer to stay there.

If you have evacuated, you will be able to return to your home once tremors have stopped and fires have been extinguished. Only when it becomes difficult to continue living in your house due to full or partial collapse or fire, you can evacuate to the nearest Residents Evacuation Site. Even in case of utility damage due to a large-scale earthquake, you should stay at your house if at all possible.

Refer to the Aid Map for Disasters in Minato City for detailed information on evacuation sites. This information is also available on the Minato City Web.

Disaster measures in your home

  • Learn about evacuation procedures and confirm your city’s evacuation sites. Discuss with your family members and decide on a meeting point in case of a disaster. Decide on the means of communication for each member of your family in case of separation due to a disaster.
  • Secure tall furniture or heavy items against falling. Prevent the scatter of glass by sealing all windows with protective film. Keep evacuation routes accessible by properly placing furniture.
  • Stock at least three days of drinking water, emergency food, portable toilets and daily necessities.

In high-rise apartment buildings

Many Minato City residents live in high-rise complexes. Such buildings are usually highly earthquake-proof so stay calm and avoid going outside.

Use the stairs instead of elevators.
Tremors feel stronger on higher floors. Take extra measures to prevent furniture from toppling.
Stock at least seven days of drinking water, emergency food, portable toilets and daily necessities.
Talk with your neighbors about disaster prevention measures and make decisions together about safety confirmation, emergency food stocks and other supplies and services.

Disaster prevention measures in your community

According to the report, 80% of survivors of the Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake were rescued by their family or neighborhood. Regardless of whether you live in a house or an apartment building, make sure to familiarize yourself with your community and participate in disaster drills in the city.

Supervising Section: Disaster Prevention Subsection

Minato Disaster Preparedness Drills

To protect our own lives and community by ourselves in case of a major earthquake, Minato City, the police department, and the fire department conduct disaster drills. We recommend the Minato Disaster Preparedness Drills.

Schedule

9:30 to 11:30 a.m., *Shine or little rain
You can participate in any drill.

Site Date Venue
Shiba October 1 Municipal Shiba Park
Daiba October 14 Odaiba Gakuen
Takanawa October 15 Takamatsu JHS
Azabu October 22 Roppongi JHS *see below
Shibaura October 29 Shibaura ES
Akasaka November 5 Akasaka JHS
Konan November 12 Konan ES/JHS & Konan Waraku Park

JHS: Junior high school ES: Elementary school
* Azabu Regional City Office will call for foreign participants. An interpreter will provide guidance at the venue. For more information, please see the October issue of Minato Monthly.

Activities

Evacuation drills for handling smoke, basic firefighting training and handling of a fire extinguisher, first aid training, earthquake simulator, rescue and aid drills and more.

Note: Activities vary depending on the site. An English/Japanese interpreter is available. Please feel free to ask us.

Supervising Section: Collaboration Project Subsection of each Regional City Office

A disaster preparedness drill
A disaster preparedness drill

Assistance from Minato City

Preparing for major earthquakes

Preparing for major earthquakes

Minato City distributes this disaster prevention brochure in English, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.

This booklet will be revised this October.

Disaster prevention app

Disaster prevention app

The Minato City mobile disaster prevention application is available free of charge. The app uses GPS and disseminates information based on a user’s location. The app is currently available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Available in Apple’s app store and on Google Play.

Aid Map for Disaster and hazard maps

Aid Map for Disaster and hazard maps

Disaster prevention information e-mail service
Information about seismic intensity, rainfall and water levels of the Furukawa Dam can be provided by email in English.

Support to prevent furniture from tipping

Minato City provides furniture fasteners and appliances free of charge to a limited number of Minato City residents. The City also supports the installation of similar devices at senior residents’ homes.

Emergency household supply assistance

Residents living and/or working in Minato City can purchase emergency supplies at reduced prices.


Inquiries

Minato Call - City Information Service

Tel: 03-5472-3710

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