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Preparing for Earthquakes(September,2008 )

When an earthquake occurs, accurately assessing the situation while keeping your composure will help in minimizing damages. In this regard, it is best to increase disaster prevention awareness and be ready for an earthquake at any time.


●Preparation in Daily Life                                                                                   

(1)Check your home’s resistance to earthquakes. If you find your building may be at risk, take steps to make your home more quakeproof.  

(2)Furniture should be securely in place to prevent it from falling down or rolling around.

(3)Keep large furniture clear of potential escape routes.                                         

(4)Fire extinguishers and water should be ready to use in case of a fire.

(5)Prepare an emergency evacuation kit and keep it where you can easily reach it. Be sure to include bare necessities that will last for at least three days.


●When You Feel a Big Shake…

Strong tremors will end within about a minute, so don’t panic.

(1)Get under a desk or table and stay there until the shaking stops.


●When the Shaking Stops…                                       

(1) Quickly turn off any heat sources in use such as gas fixtures and stoves.

*When tremors are strong, you should worry about your safety first and foremost; if there is only slight shaking, however, you should turn off heat sources first.

(2) If a fire breaks out, work to extinguish the fire before it grows. Also, shout and let people know there is a fire.

(3) Secure emergency exits by opening doors and windows.

(4) You may be injured by shattered glass, moving furniture, or falling objects.  Make sure you are in a safe area.

5Get the latest information from television or radio.

6Evacuate immediately to a safe place; head for high ground if a tidal wave is predicted.


●When You Evacuate…  

(1)It is best to evacuate on foot. Evacuating by car can cause traffic jams as well as delay fire fighting and rescue operations.

(2)Wear comfortable clothes and keep baggage to a minimum.

(3)Turn off circuit breakers and gas sources.

(4)Be careful when you are near buildings and cement-block walls. Falling roof tiles and pieces of concrete are a potential danger.

(5)Stay away from cliffs and river banks as mudslides are likely to occur in these conditions.

(6)If you find someone trapped under rubble or injured, cooperate with others in rescuing them.


 Even in the unexpected event of an earthquake, safe response is a priority.  Actively participating in disaster drill courses and classes in your area will help assure you are well prepared.


If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact the Miyazaki International Foundation: (Phone) 0985-32-8457, (Fax) 0985-32-8512, or (Email) Thank you.

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