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Typhoon/torrential rain

Although it is impossible to prevent typhoons and torrential rains from occurring, there are some tips for keeping damage at a minimum when they hit your local area.

Getting prepared for a typhoon/torrential rain

Typhoons are a type of tropical storm generated normally between May and November. Japan is approached or sometimes hit by a number of typhoons between August and October every year.
Torrential rain is defined as heavy rain and thunder that is concentrated on a limited area for several hours continuously.
To prevent possible damage by typhoons and heavy rain, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Securely shut all windows and shutters.
  • Bring plant pots and other objects on balconies inside.
  • Check if the laundry poles are firmly secured.
When a typhoon/torrential rain hits your area
  • Don't go outside and stay away from dangerous spots.
  • Depending on local geographical conditions, your area may have a greater risk of unexpectedly high tides, flooding, or landslides caused by the typhoon or torrential rain.

  • Listen to weather watches and warnings issued by the Meteorological Agency.
  • Frequently check the weather news on TV and/or radio for the latest storm watches and warnings.
    When "special alarms" have been announced, there is an increased danger of unprecedented major disasters occurring. Take action to preserve your life by following evacuation information released by the municipalities.

  • Watch for possible flooding in the basement.
  • Basements can be easily flooded as water flow always goes downward. Stay away from the basement during heavy rain and do not use an elevator if you need to go downstairs.

  • Stay away from flooded streets.
  • Do not approach streets and roads covered with water due to broken water pipes, flooded rivers, or any other conditions caused by heavy rain.

  • Stay away from downed power lines.
  • When exposed to water, electric facilities such as power switchboards and power lines could cause not only a power outage but also the hazard of electric shock.

Emergency shelters

If the situation becomes dangerous for your safety, follow the directions by the local disaster-control authority and evacuate to an emergency shelter. Each community has designated emergency shelters. It is important to identify and remember the location of your local shelter in advance. Even if an evacuation advisory is not issued, check the weather news on TV and/or radio frequently. As soon as you feel the situation to be threatening, evacuate yourself to a designated emergency shelter.

Multilingual disaster information service for non-Japanese residents

If a major disaster occurs in Tokyo, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will establish the Tokyo Metropolitan Disaster Information Center for Foreign Residents to support foreign residents in Tokyo.
The Information Center will collect all relevant information and provide it to local authorities for their disaster information service to non-Japanese residents in their community. The Information Center will also dispatch volunteer translators to such local information services as well as medical institutions and emergency shelters for language support.

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