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Earthquake and Heavy Rain

Mitaka City and MISHOP Have a Disaster Preparedness Partnership Agreement

 Mitaka City has a Disaster Preparedness Partnership Agreement with the Mitaka International Society for Hospitality (MISHOP) as a support measure for foreign residents for when disasters occur.
 If a disaster strikes, an Emergency Support Center for Foreign Residents is established in the MISHOP office (inside Mitaka City Chuo-dori Town Plaza) to collect and provide information and services for foreign residents such as interpreting, confirming the safety of others and consultations.
 In addition, Mitaka City provides information to MISHOP via the disaster preparedness radio system, as well as necessary support.

[ Disaster Preparedness Partnership Agreement ]
 This Agreement is established in cooperation with organizations in and outside the city so that disaster preparedness measures will be organized during normal times to prepare for an emergency – such as a major earthquake – that is too large in scale for the city to handle alone. The Agreement is useful for creating strong networks during an emergency, as well as for creating a disaster preparedness community that involves the participation and cooperation of everybody.

 Inquiries: Disaster Preparedness Section, General Affairs Department (ext. 4512)

If an Earthquake Strikes

 First, ensure your own safety. Remain calm and take appropriate actions. Be sure to gather accurate information through the city website and the city’s official Twitter feed (account name: mitaka_tokyo).

When an earthquake strikes

 If there is no danger of a fire or of your home collapsing
Stay at home

It is wise to keep at least a three-day supply of drinking water and food on hand.

If there is danger of a fire or of your home collapsing
Temporary Evacuation Sites
Parks and the school grounds of elementary and junior high schools are designated as temporary evacuation sites. Be sure to check the location of your nearest temporary evacuation site and the safest evacuation route for getting there in the case of an emergency.

If there is the threat of a major fire
Mass Evacuation Sites
A place for evacuation when there is danger of a fire spreading.

If you cannot return home
Emergency Shelters
These are indoor facilities you can evacuate to and live in temporarily if it is difficult to stay at your home. These shelters also serve as centers where water, food and everyday supplies are distributed.

Go home when the safety of your home and the surrounding area is confirmed.

Inquiries: Disaster Preparedness Section, General Affairs Department (ext. 4512)

Emergency Shelters, Temporary Evacuation Sites and Mass Evacuation Sites

 When a disaster happens, protect yourself and do your best to prevent fires and extinguish them in their initial stages to minimize damage and loss. However, if a fire spreads and is life-threatening, you must evacuate to a safe place. Mitaka City has locations which are designated as temporary evacuation sites and mass evacuation sites for such times. There are also emergency shelters at Community Centers, elementary and junior high schools, and other places if, for example, your house topples over and you must live in a shelter.

Emergency Shelters

(1) Osawa Community Center (25-30, Osawa 4-chome)
(2) Mure Community Center (6-25, Mure 7-chome)
(3) Iguchi Community Center (13-32, Iguchi 1-chome)
(4) Inokashira Community Center (32-30, Inokashira 2-chome)
(5) Shinkawa Nakahara Community Center (11-1, Shinkawa 1-chome)
(6) Renjaku Community Center (15-4, Shimorenjaku 7-chome)
(7) Mitaka-ekimae Community Center (13-10, Shimorenjaku 3-chome)
(8) Dai-ichi Elementary School (4-32, Shinkawa 6-chome)
(9) Dai-ni Elementary School (19-1, Nozaki 3-chome)
(10) Dai-san Elementary School (12-3, Kamirenjaku 4-chome)
(11) Dai-yon Elementary School (25-1, Shimorenjaku 1-chome)
(12) Dai-go Elementary School (34-21, Inokashira 2-chome)
(13) Dai-roku Elementary School (13-1, Shimorenjaku 6-chome)
(14) Dai-nana Elementary School (7-7, Kamirenjaku 7-chome)
(15) Osawadai Elementary School (6-18, Osawa 2-chome)
(16) Takayama Elementary School (6-12, Mure 4-chome)
(17) Minami-ura Elementary School (9-1, Shimorenjaku 9-chome)
(18) Nakahara Elementary School (12-13, Nakahara 2-chome)
(19) Kitano Elementary School (1-5, Kitano 3-chome)
(20) Iguchi Elementary School (7-11, Iguchi 3-chome)
(21) Higashidai Elementary School (17-37, Nakahara 2-chome)
(22) Hanesawa Elementary School (9-1, Osawa 4-chome)
(23) Dai-ichi Junior High School (10-1, Shimorenjaku 9-chome)
(24) Dai-ni Junior High School (14-1, Nozaki 3-chome)
(25) Dai-san Junior High School (13-8, Mure 4-chome)
(26) Dai-yon Junior High School (18-7, Kamirenjaku 4-chome)
(27) Dai-go Junior High School (7-20, Shinkawa 1-chome)
(28) Dai-roku Junior High School (12-17, Shinkawa 2-chome)
(29) Dai-nana Junior High School (11-12, Osawa 2-chome)
(30) Mitaka Junior High School (21-21, Shinkawa 6-chome)
(31) Myojo Gakuen Elementary/Junior High School (7-7, Inokashira 5-chome)
(32) International Christian University (10-2, Osawa 3-chome)
(33) Japan Lutheran College (10-20, Osawa 3-chome)

Temporary Evacuation Sites

1 Shinkawa Aoyagi Park (11-16, Shinkawa 1-chome)
2 Myojo Gakuen High School Grounds (15-22, Mure 4-chome)
3 Kugayama Golf Range (2-14, Mure 1-chome)
4 Musashi Ground Golf Range (7-22, Kitano 1-chome)
5 Sengawa Golf Range (3-6, Nakahara 1-chome)
6 Taisei High School Ground (17-20, Shimorenjaku 7-chome)
7 St. Margaret’s College and Schools Grounds (29-60, Kugayama 4-chome,Suginami-ku)
8 Mure-no-Sato Park (7-7, Mure 3-chome)
9 Iguchi Special Ground (6, Iguchi 1-chome)
10 Flower and Green Plaza (11-26, Mure 1-chome)
11 Agriculture Park (30-22, Shinkawa 6-chome)
12 Sengawa Park (7-1, Shinkawa 6-chome)
13 Mitaka Central Park for Disaster Prevention (37-1, Shinkawa 6-chome)
14 Kyorin University Inokashira Campus (4-1, Shimorenjaku 5-chome)

* The grounds of municipal elementary and junior high schools (excluding Dai-ichi Junior High School), Mitaka Junior High School, Myojo Gakuen Elementary/Junior High School can also be used as temporary evacuation sites.

Emergency Shelters, Temporary Evacuation Sites, and Mass Evacuation Sites

Emergency Shelters, Temporary Evacuation Sites, and Mass Evacuation Sites


Local Disaster Preparedness Organizations

There are residents’ disaster preparedness organizations for each of the seven community neighborhoods in the city, with the motto of “Let’s Work Together to Protect Our Town Together.” These organizations also conduct drills and classes to improve people’s knowledge and skills related to disaster preparedness. It is a good idea to participate actively in the drills and classes conducted in your neighborhood.

Mitaka City Local Disaster Preparedness Organizations

Osawa Community Disaster Preparedness Headquarters
 25-30, Osawa 4-chome
 Tel: 0422-32-6986

Mitaka City Tobu (East) Community Disaster Preparedness Association
 6-25, Mure 7-chome
 Tel: 0422-49-3441

Mitaka City Seibu (West) Community Residents’ Association
 13-32, Iguchi 1-chome
 Tel: 0422-32-7141

Mitaka City Inokashira Community Residents’ Association
 32-30, Inokashira 2-chome
 Tel: 0422-44-7321

Shinkawa Nakahara Community Disaster Control Association
 11-1, Shinkawa 1-chome
 Tel: 0422-49-6568

Renjaku Community Residents’ Association/Special Disaster Preparedness Committee
 15-4, Shimorenjaku 7-chome
 Tel: 0422-45-5100

Ekimae Community Local Disaster Preparedness Association
 13-10, Shimorenjaku 3-chome
 Tel: 0422-71-0025

What Are Earthquake Early Warnings?

Earthquake early warnings are information provided before a major tremor occurs. After the alarm sounds, which tells you that an earthquake early warning will be broadcast, there will be an announcement saying, “Earthquake early warning—A major earthquake…A major earthquake.”

What Should I Do After an Earthquake Early Warning?

  1. At home
    If you hear the alarm, cover your head immediately, and take cover in a safe place, such as under a sturdy desk.
  2. On the train or bus
    Hold on to the straps or handrails firmly.
  3. In an elevator
    Stop the elevator at the nearest floor and get off immediately.
  4. While outdoors
    Beware of toppling block walls and falling billboards and windowpanes.
  5. While driving a car
    Slowly reduce speed without slamming on the brakes. Put on your hazard lights to alert other vehicles to be careful.

How Can I Receive Earthquake Early Warnings?

  1. They can be heard if you are watching TV or listening to the radio
  2. Some mobile phones can receive the earthquake early warning alert
  3. The warning is broadcast over the Mitaka City disaster preparedness administration radio

Making Effective Use of Earthquake Early Warnings

There is only a short time between the time an earthquake early warning is heard and the time of the actual tremors. It is important to practice quickly securing your own safety on a regular basis, and grow accustomed to taking action.

Prepare an Emergency Kit

  • Valuables: Cash, bankbooks, insurance certificates, etc.
  • Emergency Food: Food that can be eaten without heating
  • Water (Drinking water—approximately 3 liters per person per day; household water supply—keep water in your bathtub and washing machine.)
  • Household medicine and a first-aid kit
  • Clothes: Underwear, rainwear, cold-weather gear, disposable diapers, towels, etc.
  • Portable radio
  • Batteries
  • Lighting Equipment: Flashlight, matches and a lighter
  • Emergency map
  • Other Emergency Supplies: Tabletop stove (keep a sufficient supply of gas cylinders), toiletries, sanitary napkins, plastic food wrap, etc.

Evacuation from Heavy Rain

The Municipal Office makes announcements in three stages when a disaster approaches and the threat of damage rises, according to specific levels of emergency.

Preparation for evacuation/start evacuation of the elderly, etc.

Level of emergency ★
People who need time to evacuate (such as the elderly, the disabled, and families with small children) and those who help them should start evacuating at this time. If it is difficult to evacuate to a facility, please move to a higher floor of the building or to your nearest safe location.

Evacuation advisory

Level of emergency ★★
Please start evacuating as soon as possible. If it is even more dangerous to go outside, however, please evacuate to a higher floor of the building you are in.

Evacuation instructions (urgent)

Level of emergency ★★★
Please evacuate immediately. If it is even more dangerous to go outside, however, please evacuate as you would when an evacuation advisory is issued.
“Evacuation instructions” is the most urgent of the three announcements. Please take action to protect yourself immediately.

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