Hello everyone! With the dropping temperature of every passing day, we can feel winter just around the corner.

Thank you to all who actively participated in the emergency response training the other day! We hope you enjoyed the unique experience of fire extinguishing and trying out the earthquake and fire simulators. Aside from earthquakes, residents of Japan also need to prepare for disasters such as typhoons, heavy snow, and fire. As such, we recommend that all households put together an emergency supplies kit containing necessities like bottled water, non-perishable food, flashlight(s), batteries, a first-aid kit, and medical supplies. Be sure that you check your supplies regularly and replace any missing or expired items. Also, take a look at your local government website to find out where you need to go in the event of an evacuation – usually a nearby elementary school or park. If there are multiple people in your household, draw up an emergency evacuation plan and procedures together, including details such as where to meet and how to communicate. To help you with your preparations, refer to the following websites.

Tokyo Disaster Prevention

Ota Ward

Guide for Researchers Preparing for Earthquakes

Emergency Supplies Kit

If you live in Tokyo or Kanagawa district, check out the disaster education centers below. Learn first-hand the necessary steps to take when disaster strikes. Start preparing yourself today with the small things: clear some space around all doors, secure furniture and/or appliances that may fall or topple over easily, and prepare shoes that you can easily slip on and move freely in. Familiarize yourself with disaster preparedness and emergency response, and stay safe!

Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park (Sona Area, Tokyo)

Ikebukuro Life Safety Learning Center

Yokohama Disaster Risk Reduction Learning Center