August 2020


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Preparations for heavy rains

Heavy rains are increasingly causing the following disasters.

  • Rivers and sewers overflows and floods our roads and houses with water.
  • Mountains and cliffs collapse and cause earth and sand to flow over roads and houses.

We should consider how we should behave during heavy rainfalls.

Be prepared before heavy rains fall

Check the hazard map

The hazard map is a map of places that can be dangerous or where there is a shelter when there are heavy rains. Check how much water will come to your home and the nearby vicinity on a hazard map for the area in which you live.

Even if you do not live near a river, always check the hazard map. When there is a heavy rain, the sewer could become full and water begins to flood over the land.

Hazard maps generated by your local government where you live can be found on the next page.

Preparations for heavy rains

Check where you can go for refuge

Consider which roads you can safely take when there is a heavy rain and the home where you live is in danger. Check the hazard map to see if there are any dangerous areas you may encounter as you seek refuge and actually walk that route.

Prepare what you will take if you need to seek refuge

Put things you will need to take with you when you seek refuge, in your backpack and keep it somewhere you can easily get it right away. Make sure it is not too heavy. Add only what you absolutely will need, such as drinking water, food (something you can eat any time), and any medications you are taking or the like.

You should also be aware of the novel coronavirus, covid-19 at the shelter where many people gather. Include masks, and an alcohol disinfectant to keep your hands sanitized, and a thermometer .

When heavy rains have been forecast

Pay attention to the weather information

When heavy rains have been forecast , pay attention to the weather information. Listen to the television, radio and check the Internet repeatedly to get the latest information on when and how much rain is expected.

When there are heavy rains and a disaster is likely to occur, the Japan Meteorological Agency will gives the following information.

  • Heavy Rain Advisory: There is the possibility of heavy rains and disasters occurring
  • Heavy Rain Warning: Heavy rain may cause major disasters.
  • Heavy Rain Emergency Warning: A very large disaster may occur because of a heavy rain experienced only every few decades.
  • Sediment Disaster Alert Information: There is the possibility of heavy rains that can cause the collapse of mountains or cliffs, and major disasters.
Preparations for heavy rains

Information on the weather and potential disasters generated by the Japan Meteorological Agency can be found on the next page and is available in 14 languages.

Pay attention to the information for evacuation

When a disaster is likely to occur, the ward office and the city office will inform residents of the area. In addition to television, radio and the Internet, speakers located strategically throughout the region, and vehicles from the ward office will be used to inform residents that it is time to seek refuge.

There are three pieces of information for evacuation issued by the local ward office or the city office.

  1. Evacuation Preparation Alert / Early Evacuation for the Elderly: Start preparing for evacuation. People who will need extra time to evacuate, such as the elderly, must start evacuating.
  2. Evacuation Advisory: Everyone should start evacuating quickly.
  3. Evacuation Order (Emergency): Very dangerous situation. Evacuate immediately. If you do not have enough time to evacuate, move to a location where you will be safe.

Pay attention to this information to evacuate before a disaster occurs. Also, start evacuating as soon as you think there is some danger, even before the ward office or the city office issues information for evacuation.

What to be careful of when evacuating

Be careful when you evacuating outside.

  • Do not evacuate by car. When a car is in a flood, it will cease to move and you will be unable to open the car doors.
  • Do not evacuate alone. Call on your neighbors and take action with two or more people.
  • Do not wear boots. The water will enter your boots and weigh you down. Wear sneakers that have laces.
  • You cannot see the ground when it is underwater. While walking, confirm the ground surface using the end of an umbrella or the like.
Preparations for heavy rains

When it is difficult to get to the shelter

In the event that it is difficult to get to your designated shelter, do not attempt to go to the shelter. It is dangerous to walk outside in the times outlined below.

  • When it is raining heavily
  • When it is dark and you are unable to see around yourself
  • When the water on the road is above your knees

In such situations, evacuate to the highest possible place on the upper floors of your house or a solid nearby location.

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