Emergency Preparation (Action)

posted Mar 27, 2013, 5:53 AM by Tsubasa Kato

Preparing for an Earthquake: What You Can Do to Stay Safe

--- Emergency Preparation (Action) ---
::::: Check safety in your house :::::
Check and practice the following four key points to immediately secure your home
Securing a safe space

Place the least amount of furniture possible in bedrooms used by children and the elderly.

Keep hallways, doorways, stairs, etc. clear of clutter.

To prevent fire disaster in the event of an earthquake, do not place furniture near sources of heat or flame.

Do not place glassware and breakables on top of furniture.
Using furniture properly

Do not place tall furniture on carpets or tatami mats.

Store heavy items lower to the ground to keep them from falling.

Slightly lean furniture back rather than forward.


Securing with anti-toppling devices

Secure furniture to walls using L-brackets.

If you cannot fasten directly to a wall or floor, use two or more devices on the upper and lower areas. (bar, stopper, or mat type)

Attach the furniture upper and lower areas with clamps. (connecting clamps)

When you cannot secure them to a wall, minimize space between the ceiling and furniture. (height-adjustable storage units at tallest setting)
Preventing stored items from scattering

Place an appropriate stopper on furniture with hinged doors.

Put a shatter-resistant film on glass doors. (shatter-resistant devices for glass)

Install racks to prevent stored items from slipping. (racks to prevent slipping)
::::: Family discussion on disaster measures :::::
In preparation for earthquakes, fires, and floods, discuss the following points with your family.
Where is the safety place in your house?

Learn first-aid knowledge

Check fire extinguishers, etc.

Check equipment using heat or open flame

Confirm temporary refuges and evacuation routes

Role-sharing with your family

Means to contact/places to meet with your family

Check an emergency pack and its storage area
::::: Rescue and first-aid :::::
Cooperate with your neighbors to rescue people in collapsed buildings and under fallen debris.
Work together to give first-aid to people with minor injuries.
::::: Ten rules of thumb when you have difficulties returning home :::::
Remain calm and check the situation

Carry about a pocket radio

Make a map to your home

Keep a pair of walking shoes in your locker

Keep simple food stock such as chocolates and caramels in your desk

Confirm the means of contact and meeting point with your family in advance

Know how to confirm your relative's safety in advance

Practice walking home

Prepare portable heating or cooling equipment for the given season

Speak to others in trouble and help each other
Surviving in Japan
How to Use Disaster Emergency Message Boards

Tokyo Metropolitan Government

TMG’s Disaster Prevention Information


Emergency Preparation (Supplies)

posted Mar 27, 2013, 5:04 AM by Tsubasa Kato   [ updated Mar 27, 2013, 5:37 AM ]

Preparing for an Earthquake: What You Can Do to Stay Safe
--- Emergency Preparation (Supplies) ---
::::: Usual :::::
Nobody knows when an earthquake happens, you may be at your office or in an elevator or outside…. so you would better carry emergency kits and basic amenities in your bag or pocket at all the times in the case of an earthquake. That preparation such as having necessary and useful stuff makes you feel security.
Drinking water/tea (taking a water bottle)

Portable whistle (calling for help, better putting ID card in it)

Portable flashlight (in the case of power outrage)

Handy food (ex. candy, chocolate, and nutrition snacks)

Mobile charger (for getting information, calling family and friends)

Coins (for using a public phone)

Portable radio

ID (or copy for passport, driver’s license and health insurance card)

Photos (for checking when you get separated from your family)

A pen and note

First-aid kit (ex. bandage, antiseptic solution, and medicine etc..)

Sanitary goods (Mask, tissue, and women's sanitary product etc..)

Scarf (for against cold)

Plastic bag/portable bag

Disposable body warmer (in winter)

Waterproof clothing, an umbrella and a hat
::::: Emergency (the day an earthquake occurs) :::::
Prepare an emergency bag at your office/home where the place you spend most of the day in working or doing housework. That bag included essential supplies protects you for survival for at least a few days after evacuation, it should be “easy-to-carry”, and not packed all things you need in it. When an earthquake occurs, you will evacuate as soon as possible with grabbing the emergency bag. Emergency supplies should be prepared according to the needs of your family members.
Cash and valuables
   (Copy for ID, bank passbook, personal seal ,and List of emergency 
    contact numbers)
Drinking water
   (roughly three days of food for entire family and three liters of water
    per person a day)

Emergency food (biscuits, canned food, and jelly food )

Underwear and towels (for 2, 3 days)

Poncho (for changing clothes, being blinder to make a private space,
   and using dust cover)
Hygiene products (medicine, tissue, First-aid kit, mask, mouthwash,
   wet tissue…)

Plastic bags (over 10 big/small bags)

Potable radio

Contact lens/Glasses

Eye mask and earplugs (for fast sleep)

Sneakers and a hat (for protecting for your head)

Flashlight and spare batteries


For women:
big scarf, socks, and sweater (for keeping warm)

Hair care products, cosmetic items (cotton, lotion, cream, lip balm etc..) and sanitary goods.

For babies: Extra supplies such as diapers, baby wipe, milk powder, towel, blanket, baby carrier and specialized food for them should be included in your evacuation pack.

For pets: Consider having extra food, water and a cage for your pet, just as you would for other family members.



Portable toilets                            Packing Tapes

Newspapers (for keeping warm)    Knives

Blanket for using outside              Lighter
Sleeping bag                               Gloves
::::: After an earthquake :::::
After an earthquake, supply of essentials (gas, water, electric and networks) may stop for a few days. Plan for quantity of stockpiles and storage for essentials to take care of yourself until sending relief goods. And it’s also useful for the natural disaster such as typhoon, flood and whenever you are in big emergency. M
ake sure you have enough food and clothes for yourself during your stay and maintain your health.


Daily life water (keep filling a bath in the case of fire)

Food (dry fruits, nuts, snacks, nutrition food, can, vegetable juice etc..)

Portable gas stove and butane gas cartridge (for boiling water)



Portable toilets

Products for daily use (plastic bags, toilet papers, plastic wraps, foil …)

Paper plates, cups and cutlery

Pet food

Extra butteries

Candle and lighter

Rescue equipments (a pinch, saw, scoop, jack, flashlight etc.)


Map for disaster


::::: ICT Recommendation! :::::
Prepare slippers and glasses close to your bed for an earthquake/blackout happens at night, keep them in place. (from our English Discussion on March 14th)

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