Preparations and Precautions

Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. Most earthquakes are very small and are usually not felt but they can be very serious and even deadly if you are not prepared. Please follow this guide to know how to prepare and what to do during an earthquake emergency.

Precautions and Prepartions
  • It is vital to prepare certain emergency items in case the worst occurs and basic necessities become unavailable.

  • Please have a emergency kit ready that can be easily accessed in a hurry and should contain the following items:
    • Personal or unreplacale items
      Cash, Bank Information, Passports, Personal Identification, etc.
    • Emergency Food Provisions (3 Day Supply)
      Canned food/ Non-perishable food, Water, Flasks for capturing rain water, can opener, reusable utensils
    • Portable Radio
      Ideally a hand powered type, but if not make sure to have extra batteries
    • Flashlight
      Preferably 1 per person
    • Emergency Medicine/ Wound treatment supplies
    • Other Household Goods
      Clothes, gloves, tissues, toilet paper, Rainwear, lighter, plastic bags for garbage collection.
    • If you have children, make sure there is a second bag of critical supplies for your child

  • Make sure you know the location of the closest evacuation shelter and route from your home, school or work

  • Prevent any furniture from falling by securing it
  • There are multiple safety devices that be bought (very cheaply) to secure dressers, glass doors, and other large furniture from falling and causing injury

    There is also a film that be rolled over glass surfaces to prevent the glass from fracturing into pieces when struck. This can be very dangerous other wise if an emergency were to strike and glass shards may impale you.

  • Particpate and learn from training drills
  • Schools, work places and neighborhoods often hold drills to teach you how to prepareand where to go in case of emergencies, Please attend these events as this information is vital during high pressure emergencies.

  • Keep a list of important contacts handy
  • Disaster Prevention Section of your city or town hall, Fire Department, Police, Hospital, Hokuriku Electricity, Waterworks Bureau, Gas Company Embassy, Consulate