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Don't panic.  Be prepared.

1. Know risks you are facing

(1) Earthquake

Causes of injuries or deaths by an earthquake are categorized into three.
(a) Crushing
A house collapses, furniture falls, cups comes out of shelf, window broken
New earthquake resistance standard was applied for a house built after 1983.  Those built in or before 1983 require more careful safety planning.
(b) Fire
More deaths occurred in the past by post-earthquake fire.  It can come from cooking fire or electric system.
(c) Others including heart attack

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(2) Tsunami
When a center of an earthquake is under the Pacific Ocean, there is much chance for tsunami.  The center can move.  In case you hear an alert, stand up and move immediately.  Go HIGHER place as possible as SOON as possible.  Approaching time differs by a center, while it can reach within several minutes.  As for tsunami alert, act first before collecting information.

How do I know a Tsunami alert?
You hear many public announcements day and night.  How can you distinguish one for tsunami from the other even though you do not understand the Japanese language very well?  Watch out your neighbors.  If you see your neighbors come out, you shall follow them.

Use of a car: It is a contentious part, while lessons from Tohoku imply that the use of cars NOT recommendable for yourself and for others.  Moving on your feet would be the first option.  Check out today the nearest assembly point and the safest approach to there.

Sunshine Academy Facebook page tries to update the situation.

2. Know yourself
Are you sure of your Street address? Blood type? Next of kin in your home country? Relative or good friends in Japan?

3. Know your neighborhood
City Halls have designated Assembly Points.  Check out TODAY a couple of closest points and access to them.  Those points are usually safer and you have more chances to be recognized and rescued.
Remember assembly points for earthquake may not be those for tsunami because of different nature of the disasters.  Actually those for floods have been designated independently.

Oral expression of a street address is different from written one.
   Example: 1-2 Ue-machi, Hyuga-shi  ->  Hyuga-shi, Ue-machi, 1 chome, 2 banchi)

How Assembly Points work?
(1) Earthquake
When you feel in danger at home after a quake, you may head one of the points.
(a) If certain number of people gather, community leader may refer to the City Hall
(b) If the situation is specifically for your house, you may ask a help for a neighbor.  (Stay out  of the house)  In case anyone is injured, call 199 (see below).  After massive quake, a response team may not be able to reach.  Carrying an evacuation kit (see below) is a good idea and also ask help for your neighbor.

(2) Tsunami alert
Stay there until the alert cleared.  Follow an instruction by authority.

Assemply Points Map in Hyuga (made by this site. source: Hyuga City Hall website)

4. Be prepared
(1) Plan
House safety Plan
Check out furniture arrangement (tie them with a pillar if necessary), where to sleep, multiple escape routes.

Evacuation Plan
Simulation in your mind or with your family shall be helpful.

(2) Act
Evacuation kit
Packing essential items is a good idea.
Stand-by shoes nearby your bed is also helpful as usually glass scatters after quake.
Charge your mobile phone and update address book in the phone.

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Communication with your neighbors
It may be a good chance to exchange cell phone numbers.

Some helpful Japanese phrases

Earthquake     Jisin          地震
Fire                   Kaji           火事
Tsunami          Tsunmi     津波
Alert                 Keiho        警報
Injury               Kega          けが
The injured    Kega-nin    けが人
City Hall          Shiyakusho  市役所

What to talk with 119
I need a rescue.                Kyujo wo Onegai simasu
One is injured.                  Hitori Kega-nin desu.
Current location is 1-2 Uemachi, Hyuga.
                                            Genzai-chi wa Hyuga-shi, Uemachi 1 chome, 2 banchi desu.
   (Note: when you call from your mobile phone, you need to begin with “Hyuga-shi”)
My name is ABC.               Watashi wa ABC desu.
My phone number is xxx-xxx.          Denwa bango wa xxx-xxx desu.


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