In Septmenber, most of cities nationwide in Japan take place various events or offer emergency courses related to disaster prevention, because the largest earthquake attacked the Tokyo metropolitan area on Sept. 1, 1923, as well as natural disasters such as thyphoon.
Tanabe City in Wakayama Prefecture, western part of Japan, had started "The Disaster Prevention Text Message System" on August 1. The registration for the service reached 736 in one month from the beginning of the system. The City Disaster Prevention Measures Office said that the number of registration still goes up on. "We hope it will be more in the future".
The Disaster Prevention Text messages System delivers information broadcasted by a city disaster prevention wireless to the cellular phone and the computer.
The system was introduced with the purpose to back up what hearing persons would have missed, through the city disaster prevention wireless, as well as deaf persons.
Text messages are sent out for warning such as the heavy rain, floods, and tsunami (tidal waves), living information on suspension of the water supply and the traffic, etc., and search request from the police.
So far 15 text messages have been delivered, except the fire broadcasting and broadcasting various events. The service is free of charge, and prior registration is requested.
Source: Kii Minpou, Sept. 24, 2008