As you are likely aware, parts of western Ibaraki, particularly the city of Joso, were greatly affected by the heavy rain and flooding caused by Tropical Storm Etau in September. Many people lost their homes, and are still living in evacuation centres and temporary housing. Three people lost their lives.
Japan is a country that sees its fair share of natural disasters, from earthquakes and tsunamis to typhoons and floods. It’s important to be prepared as these can strike at any time. Do you know where your nearest evacuation centre is? Do you have insurance against fires and earthquakes for your personal belongings? Do you have an emergency kit? Do you know who to call on the phone tree?
Armand Cuevas, a first year ALT living in Joso City, wrote about his experiences during the flood on his blog. You can read his personal recount here.