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Do not forget to provide name, address, and phone number.
For natural disasters, make sure to familiarize yourself with your closest emergency shelter. It may end up saving your life.
Registering with your embassy provides you with numerous benefits, such as delivering notifications to your family during an emergency. Follow the link to your country to register:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
Registrations should be updated prior to any overseas trip, including when returning home.
Preparing a Getaway Kit
It is recommended that each kit include the following items:
- 3 liters of clean water per person per day
- three-day supply of canned/dried food
- can opener or utility knife
- first aid kit and medicines
- waterproof flashlights and spare batteries
- radio and spare batteries
- spare clothing (wind-/rain-proof)
- string shoes (shoes with laces)
- plastic bags
- toilet paper
- blankets and sleeping bags
- small gas cooker and matches
- official documents (passport, IDs, insurance, etc.)
- cash (at least 30,000JPY)
Place the getaway kit in an easy-to-reach place, and have an emergency escape plan with this kit in mind.
During an earthquake: Duck and cover, get under a strong desk or doorway, and protect your head from falling objects. When driving, pull over and stop, but do not get out of the vehicle.
After an earthquake: Turn off all appliances and utilities that have potential to ignite a fire and follow the directions of town officials. Contact your embassy and block leaders. If the earthquake has caused serious damage, go to your local shelter with your getaway kit.
If you want more information, please view the Niigata Prefecture’s English earthquake safety pamphlet.
In the event of a typhoon striking the area, your school may declare a “typhoon day” on which students will not be required to attend school. If you hear about an incoming typhoon: bring any items you have inside, close the storm shutters, and prepare for a day at home. Avoid going outside unless it’s absolutely necessary. If you’re not driving to school, try to have a coworker pick you up.
If you hear a tsunami warning, turn on your radio and follow instructions. Take your getaway kit and evacuate to a shelter if you are told to do so. Leave beaches as quickly as possible and get to high ground. Lingering near low-lying coastal areas could cost you your life.
Tornadoes are incredibly rare in Ibaraki, but should you encounter one, do the following: immediately get to the lowest floor in your building (ideally underground) and distance yourself from any glass. Cover your head and neck. If you’re in a vehicle, seek shelter elsewhere, as cars can easily be damaged by flying debris.
These are also very unlikely, but if you’re located next to a nuclear energy plant, you might want to read up on Niigata Prefecture’s Nuclear Disaster Preparedness Guide.