Preparation for Major Earthquakes and Emergency Earthquake Early Warning

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◆Earthquake Preparation You Can Do Now
To protect your life from a major earthquake, please reconsider where you place furniture in your home and attach metal fittings to prevent furniture from falling over.
(1) Please reconsider where you place the furniture. Especially in your bedroom, start preparing now to prevent furniture from falling over while you sleep.
a. Move objects near doors and along escape routes.
b. Move tall furniture to a safe location in case it falls over. Move heavy objects to lower shelves.
c. Move large or heavy objects away from your head in the sleeping area.
d. Move pictures or mirrors away from your head in the sleeping area.
e. Don’t sleep near the window. If not practicable, position your pillow away from windows.
Keep slippers next to your sleeping area in order to safely evacuate on the glass scattered floor. A thick curtain, when closed, may prevent the broken glass from scattering.
(2) Anchor furniture to the wall or floor.
Secure dishes and glasses in a kitchen cabinet with latched doors and secure the microwave with fasteners against sliding or falling. Please make sure to fix furniture with metal fittings or flexible fasteners. Tools (latches, fasteners, hooks, studs, metal/nylon straps, etc.) are available at your local do-it-yourself stores (such as Kohnan, Ayahadio).
◆If You Hear an “Earthquake Early Warning”
Secure your own safety first. An “Earthquake Early Warning” is a warning (notice) that warns you before a big earthquake hits, letting you know that a big earthquake is coming soon. When the warning sounds from your TV or mobile phone, they will give information on the predicted magnitude of the earthquake. Your mobile phone will receive an emergency e-mail too. After the warning sounds, you only have several to several tens of seconds before an earthquake strikes. You need to take the following actions immediately.
(1) Indoors:
a. Quickly search for somewhere safe. Go under something sturdy, such as a desk or table, and hold on to its legs.
b. If there is no desk or table nearby, protect your head with something like a pillow or bag. If you have nothing else to do, protect your head with your jacket or hands. Or, move to a place where nothing will fall down, and crouch down.
(2) Outdoor:
a. Move away from objects which may collapse such as block walls, vending machines, old houses, etc.
b. Look out for falling objects like glass, signs, slates, etc. and move to a clear area.
For details: Civil Defence Division (Shimin Anzen Seisaku-shitsu)
TEL: 072-724-6750 FAX: 072-724-6376

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