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September Earthquake! Before rushing off to an evacuation shelter, you may actually be better off staying at home

This is an abridged version of “Koho Yokohama Naka-ku Ban,” Naka Ward Office’s public relations magazine. (Click here for the multilingual website of “Koho Yokohama City Edition”)

Last updated date:2021/9/7

Earthquake! Before rushing off to an evacuation shelter, you may actually be better off staying at home

[Inquiries] Shomu-gakari (General Affairs Section), Naka Ward Office

Tel: 224-8112 Fax: 224-8109


Earthquake!
Father : Keep calm!
Mother : This is the first earthquake we’ve had in ages!
Child : I'm scared!


Father : The shaking has stopped...
     Let's go to an evacuation shelter!
Mother : We’ve got to get out of here!
Child : ...


Father : We’re lucky the house is still standing.
Mother : Yeah, we are. Come on, we’ve gotta go!
Child : Dad! Mom! Hold on!
     I heard that you don’t have to go to an evacuation shelter if your house is alright!


Child : Instead of going to an evacuation shelter, we also have the option of staying at home, where we are more comfortable!
Father & Mother : Stay at home?
Child : Just think what would happen if everyone who could otherwise stay at home safely were to go to an evacuation shelter. It would be chaos!

Staying at home instead of going to an evacuation shelter?

In the event of a major earthquake, if your house is not in danger of collapsing or burning down, you can stay at home instead of going to an evacuation shelter. Space at evacuation shelters is limited. So stay at home, if you can.

A major earthquake has occurred! What should I do!?


If a major earthquake occurs, you don’t necessarily have to go to an evacuation shelter!

An earthquake of intensity 5 or higher has occurred!

Q1: Can I stay at home?
 Yes  Stay at home
      Stay at home if it is safe for you to do so. Let's make the necessary preparations!
 No   Go to Q2
Q2: Can I evacuate to a relative’s or friend’s house in a safe place?
 Yes  Evacuate to a relative’s or friend’s house
      Talk to your relatives and friends beforehand.
 No   Evacuate to an evacuation shelter
      Make sure you know which evacuation shelter you will go to.
      Bring a stockpile of supplies.

Which evacuation shelter you go to depends on where you live. Check beforehand to ensure that you are well prepared for an emergency.
List of evacuation shelters

List of items to take with you during an evacuation (if you have infants, stock up on baby items as well)

First aid and safety
 □First aid kit (bandages, bandaids)
 □Essential medicines
 □Glasses, contact lenses, etc.
Daily necessities
 □Flashlight
 □Portable radio
 □Towels
 □Tissues
 □Masks
 □Plastic bags
 □Paper diapers
Valuables
 □Bank book and cards
 □Driver’s license, insurance card, personal seal, etc.
Water and food
 □Emergency rations
 □Drinking water
 □Paper plates, paper cups
 □Powdered milk

What are evacuation shelters?

Evacuation shelters are opened when an earthquake of intensity 5 or higher is recorded in Yokohama City. Evacuation shelters function as places of refuge for people who have lost their homes and are unable to carry out their daily lives there due to the earthquake. They also serve to provide a supply of goods and information for those staying at home, and as a base for rescue and relief efforts by residents.

Make your home earthquake safe!


In order to be able to stay at home after an earthquake, you need to take steps to make your home earthquake safe!

Take measures to avoid getting trapped under furniture or injured by glass!


L-shaped bracket, belt


Tension pole


Adhesive mat


Caster stoppers for chairs, etc.


Shatterproof film for glass


Seismic breaker
Weighted ball type


Spring type

You need a stockpile of at least 3 days’ worth of necessities, preferably 7 days!


It’s important to be aware of disaster prevention in your daily life!

Stockpiling on a rolling stock basis

Stockpile ▶ Use ▶ Buy more
Buy and store the things you eat and use all the time, and use them in order, starting with the oldest. Shop with an eye to stockpiling on a daily basis!

Water and food

- Water: 3 liters per person per day.
 Not only for drinking, but also for cooking, washing, etc.
- Rice - Retort pack rice
- Dried noodles - Instant noodles
- Canned food (mackerel cooked in miso, vegetables, bread, etc.)
- Retort foods (curry, pasta, etc.)
- Vegetable juice - Candy
- Remember: you also have food in the refrigerator and freezer.

Power sources and cooking equipment

- Flashlights - LED lanterns - Batteries
- Portable gas cartridge stove - Gas cartridges for stove - Lighters
- Battery-powered mobile batteries for cell phones and smart phones

Toilet

- Toilet pack
 It is said that a person urinates an average of five times per day.
 A toilet pack is a set of coagulant and disposal bags for use in household toilets. They can be purchased at home improvement stores and other locations.

Daily necessities

- Garbage bags - Plastic food wrap
 If you put plastic wrap over a plate when you use it, you don’t have to wash it up!
- No rinse shampoo
- Mouthwash - Toothpaste sheets
- Tissues
- Toilet paper
- Wet wipes
- Disposable heat packs

Things particular people in your family need

Women
- Sanitary products
Families with infants
- Milk - Diapers - Baby food
Families with persons requiring nursing care
- Diapers - Nursing food

- Disposable contact lenses
- Spare glasses
- Regular medication

! If the water supply is cut off, you may not be able to use water for domestic use. Always keep water in the bathtub.

Gathering the right information is important


Follow the City of Yokohama’s e-mail updates and Twitter feeds for accurate information!

Yokohama City Disaster Prevention Information Portal(外部サイト)
 Emergency information will be posted here in the event of a disaster.
Yokohama City Naka Ward Disaster Information Twitter Account(外部サイト)
 Disaster and emergency information in the ward is sent out from Naka Ward Disaster Response HQ and other sources. Get information specific to Naka Ward.
Yokohama City Disaster Prevention Information E-mail
 Disaster prevention information such as earthquake seismic intensity information and weather warnings and advisories are distributed via e-mail. Be the first to get disaster prevention information.
Marine FM 86.1MHz
 Marine FM, a community broadcasting station in Naka Ward, cooperates with Naka Ward Office in times of disaster to provide detailed information on disasters in Naka Ward.

Mother: It would be less stressful staying in the comfort of our home!
It’s certainly better to stay at home if you can.
Child : People who choose to stay at home can also receive necessary items and information at an evacuation shelter. So it really does make sense to stay at home.
Father : Right! It's important to prepare in advance!
Father : The whole family should be prepared!
Everyone: Yeah!

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