It is important to know what to do and what not to do when an earthquake strikes in order to keep damage to a minimum. Your calm and timely actions could save the lives of your family members. Moreover, getting to know your neighbors in the course of everyday life builds networks that can save lives in the case of a major earthquake.
(1)First of all, protect yourself.
Injuries could keep you from putting out fires and evacuating as necessary. It is a good idea to take measures in advance to prevent such furniture as dressers and cupboards from falling over, and to prevent glass from shattering.
(2)Extinguish all sources of heat and flames.
It is important to make a habit of turning off sources of heat to prevent fires. Do not place combustible items near the stove.
(3)Open a door to secure an exit.
It is important to secure an exit, especially if you live in a middle or high-rise building, such as a condominium. If you do not have an exit, you will not be able to evacuate.
(4)If a fire breaks out, put it out immediately.
If a fire breaks out and the flames have not reached the ceiling, remain calm. Be sure to prepare fire-extinguishing equipment (fire extinguisher and/or bathtub filled with water)!
(5)Do not rush outside in a panic.
It is safer to remain indoors. Keep yourself safe, check for fires and keep informed of the situation before taking any action.
(6)Stay away from narrow roads and block walls.
If you are outside, take refuge in a building or park. Do not go near dangerous areas.
(7)Be careful of landslides and tidal waves.
It is important to be familiar with the natural environment of the area where you live.
(8)Evacuate on foot!
You need to know several routes to your local evacuation site. Do not evacuate recklessly or haphazardly. Evacuate in an organized manner, under the instructions of such organizations as your local disaster prevention organization. Do not use the elevator to evacuate because it is dangerous.
(9)Cooperate with your neighbors in rescue activities.
If there are many injuries, even the hospital has its limits as to treating people who need help. It is important to develop systematic rescue procedures by community groups.
(10)Listen to accurate information.
In times of disaster, get accurate information from the radio, city, or your local disaster prevention organization and take appropriate action!
(11)Making sure you and your family are safe
NTT’s “Disaster Dial-a-Message 171” services are useful if you are separated from your family when a disaster occurs. If a major disaster such as an earthquake strikes, the telephone lines are likely to become jammed as people try to confirm the safety of others, to offer condolences and to make inquiries. Telephones and cellular phones may be out of action for a few days.
“Disaster Dial-a-Message 171” services go into operation when a major disaster strikes. Dial 171 to record or play a message. A similar service is offered on the Internet.
In addition, some cellular phone companies offer English message services for disasters. For more information, please inquire with the cellular phone company you are contracted with.
Inquiries: Disaster Preparedness Section, General Affairs Department (ext. 2283)
There are residents’ disaster prevention 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 prevention. It is a good idea to participate actively in the drills and classes conducted in your neighborhood.
|Osawa Community Disaster Prevention Headquarters||25-30, Osawa 4-chome||0422-32-6986|
|Mitaka City Tobu (East) Community Disaster Prevention Association||6-25, Mure 7-chome||0422-49-3441|
|Mitaka City Seibu (West) Community Residents’ Association||13-32, Iguchi 1-chome||0422-32-7141|
|Mitaka City Inokashira Community Residents’ Association||32-30, Inokashira 2-chome||0422-44-7321|
|Shinkawa Nakahara Community Disaster Control Association||11-1, Shinkawa 1-chome||0422-49-6568|
|Renjaku Community Residents’ Association/|
Special Disaster Prevention Committee
|15-4, Shimorenjaku 7-chome||0422-45-5100|
|Ekimae Community Local Disaster Prevention Association||13-10, Shimorenjaku 3-chome||0422-71-0025|
Mitaka City has a Disaster Prevention 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 prevention radio system, as well as necessary support.
[ Disaster Prevention Partnership Agreement ]
This Agreement is established in cooperation with organizations in the city so that disaster prevention 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 prevention community that involves the participation and cooperation of everybody.
Inquiries: Disaster Preparedness Section, General Affairs Department, (ext. 2284)
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.”
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.
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.
(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 prevention administration radio
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.
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.
(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)
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)
* 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.
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