Japan is prone to earthquakes. There is a possibility of a major earthquake, which has been labeled as the "Tokai Earthquake" in near future. With a major earthquake, various disasters such as a landslide, building collapse, tsunami, fire, and other disasters may occur at the same time. It is important to be prepared, since earthquakes are impossible to predict.
In Case of an Earthquake
- Protect your body by going under a table or desk.
- Secure an exit route by opening the front door or window.
- Extinguish flames immediately. Remember to close gas tap and sever power outlets.
- Do not rush outside.
- Do not go out with bare feet. Walk when evacuating. Take only the necessary items with you.
- Stay away from cliffs, riverbanks, narrow alleys, and near walls.
- Collect accurate information. Cooperate with people around you in emergency relief activities.
Make preparations that enable your survival in isolation for a few days when large scale disaster does occur. Place the necessities in backpacks and place them at an easily accessible location.
- Example of necessities
- Portable radio (remember extra batteries), water (3 liters of drinking water per person, per day), medicine, flashlights / candles, lighters / matches, preserved food, gloves, tarps, clothes, writing utensils, valuables (cash, bankbooks, passport, alien registration card and the like)
Safety Measures in House
- Anchor furniture with brackets and the like. Secure television, piano, and such to a pillar with ropes and the like.
- To prevent furniture from turning over, move heavy furniture to the first floor if possible.
- Preferably no furniture is placed in bedrooms and rooms where infants and elders use regularly. If placing furniture in bedrooms by necessity, sleep in a spot where you would not be trapped by the furniture if they fall.
- Do not place furniture and large items near the room entrance, hallway, and front door.
Safety Measures in Surroundings
- Make sure there are no unstable roofing tiles and antennas.
- Tightly secure propane gas cylinders with chains.
- Put the plants on balcony in places that will not fall down.
- Brick walls and gateposts without sturdy underground foundation or steel frames are hazardous and should be reinforced. Any cracks and rust on steel frames should be repaired.
Confirming an Evacuation Site
Evacuation site in case of an earthquake is predetermined by place of your residence.
Check and confirm where your evacuation site is located.
Disaster Message Telephone
Since many people make calls simultaneously at a time of an emergency, general phone lines will be difficult to connect. In such a case, there is "Disaster Message Telephone 171," which is a service that plays back messages recorded by individuals in the distressed area.
Please confirm your evacuation site on the map.
Where to inquire
Crisis Management Office (Kiki kanri shitsu)