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What to do in the event of a major earthquake

PSA Yokohama
2019/09/04

You should make preparations in everyday life so that you do not panic if a large earthquake strikes.


Constant Preparedness

Keep a fire extinguisher in the house and take measures to prevent furniture from toppling over or falling.

Make sure that items such as valuables, food and water, and torches are  stored where they can be taken with you at any time.

Decide on communication methods, evacuation sites and meeting points with your family.


If a large earthquake strikes, you should take safety measures appropriate to your situation:

If you are at home

Protect your head with something nearby, such as a cushion or pillow, and get under something such as a sturdy table.

If you are outside

Move away from things that could topple over such as telegraph poles.

Move away from buildings where objects such as signs could fall off.

Do not go near rivers or the sea as there is a danger of tsunamis.

If public transport has stopped and you cannot get home, do not move around unnecessarily. Stay at your place of work or in an evacuation shelter.


[Evacuation Shelters]

If evacuation is necessary, evacuate to a safe, open space such as a nearby school or park.

If your house has collapsed and you cannot live in it, please evacuate to a 'Local Disaster-Prevention Shelter' in an elementary or junior high school.

For the location of 'Local Disaster-Prevention Shelters', please enquire with the General Affairs Section at your local ward office.

If the evacuation shelter is in danger because fires are spreading, evacuate to a regional evacuation site such as a large park or square.


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