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Disaster preparation

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Fire PreventionkKASAI YOBOl

Please be sure to turn off all electric and gas appliances before going to bed or leaving your house. If an earthquake occurs, please turn off any fire-related equipment. Many Japanese houses are made of wood and catch fire easily. Therefore, please be extremely cautious about all use of flame.

Preparing for Natural Disasters: Earthquakes, Typhoons, Floods, etc.
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From earthquakes to typhoons, Japan is affected by a considerable number of natural disasters. It is therefore important that you take measures to ensure your safety and well-being, should they occur. Specially designated evacuation sites are located in every neighborhood throughout Japan; be sure you know where your nearest one is. Schools, parks and community centers are common evacuation sites, and all are easily recognized by the symbol below.

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It is advisable that you prepare an emergency backpack, and fill it with items that you might need if you have to quickly evacuate.
Items your emergency backpack should contain: flashlight, candles, lighter, emergency food, water, medicine, radio, map, etc.

EarthquakeskJISHINl

There are many precautions that should be taken to reduce the chances of injury in the event of an earthquake. Be sure to fix all furniture to the wall, and avoid placing breakable or heavy objects in high places. Also, keep all flammable materials away from fire sources and electrical equipment.

If an earthquake occurs, do not panic; even major tremors only last about a minute. Turn off all appliances and heating equipment, open a door or window, and confirm your emergency exits. To protect yourself, hide under a table or chair, away from dangerous items or objects that could fall over. Earthquakes can cause glass to shatter, which could lead to injuries, so make sure you wear shoes when evacuating. If a fire breaks out, cover your mouth and nose with a damp towel and keep as low to the ground as possible. If possible, listen to the television and radio and follow any instructions that are given. If you are heading to an evacuation site, stay clear of narrow streets and concrete walls. It is also advisable to stay away from rivers and shorelines.

Even after the initial tremors subside, aftershocks are common for several days afterwards. It is advisable not to return home immediately, but rather follow any instructions given to you by emergency workers.

TyphoonskTAIFUl

Each year, around September, Tochigi has typhoons which often cause much damage, including mud slides and floods. Typhoons bring not only heavy rain, but also very powerful winds. It is highly recommended that in the event of a typhoon, you close your shutters or find another way to protect your windows. You should also bring inside any objects which might be blown about by the wind and cause damage. As a typhoon approaches your region, please listen to weather reports regularly.