What is Disaster Preparedness .Org?
It’s a completely free, comprehensive resource for Disaster Preparedness in Japan.
What does Disaster Preparedness . Org do?
We help people in Japan prepare for natural disasters (e.g., earthquakes, tsunamis, and typhoons) by collecting relevant information and creating original, easy-to-understand content that helps readers:
- Prepare effective emergency plans for the whole family
- Make homes and communal spaces safer through simple techniques
- Understand disaster risks specific to Japan, well-used Japanese terms and concepts related to natural disasters
- Learn about Japanese disaster management protocols and systems.
Why should I care?
Japan is one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries, at risk of earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, floods, and a whole host of other hazards.
- Did you know that over 20% of all major earthquakes around the world take place in Japan?
- Did you know that there is a 70% chance of a major earthquake hitting Tokyo in the next 30 years?
- Did you know that there is also a relatively high chance of the catastrophic “Nankai Trough” earthquake occurring in the next few decades?
There are over 2 million non-Japanese nationals currently residing in Japan.
In 2017, there were 28.3 million tourists who visited Japan from abroad. And that number is growing every year.
Many foreign nationals come from countries which do not experience natural disasters, may not speak Japanese, and may not be familiar with the Japanese disaster management systems. This could make people more at-risk during disasters.
Having worked professionally in disaster response and preparedness since 2011, I have come to realise that there is a clear need for more relevant information in English for non-Japanese speakers. Yes, you can find some English-language resources on government websites, etc. But the problem is – a lot of it is hard to find, irrelevant, out-of-date, incomplete, or not user-friendly.
Over the past years, many people have asked me “where can I get English-language information about disaster preparedness specific to Japan?” And all this time, I’ve had no comprehensive resource to point people to… So I decided to make one myself.
I hope the information posted here will be useful to you, and I hope that it can help you to prepare for a day that we all hope will never come. As dramatic as it may sound, in Japan it is not a matter of if, but a matter of when the next one will strike. And as the old saying goes, it always pays to be prepared 😃
About The Author
Hi! I’m Robin Lewis, a half-Japanese, half-British disaster response and preparedness worker based in Tokyo. I’ve been active in this field since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and have experience preparing for and responding to disasters in Japan, as well as in countries like Nepal, Vanuatu, Haiti, and the US.