The regional disaster prevention course was held in the prefectural exchange plaza for the persons with disabilities in Tokushima City, western part of Japan, on September 24.
This course was sponsored by the Prefectural Social Welfare Corporation that manages the exchange plaza. It intended to get people prepared for disasters including the Nankai earthquake, which would occur in the near future.
About 30 people participated in the course. A staff from the Prefectural Disaster Prevention Center explained the method of applying for an earthquake-proof diagnosis on houses and the phone voice-mail service for the disaster, etc.
There was a question from the floor. The phone voice-mail service would not be available to deaf persons, and then the system that uses text messages was introduced.
For lunchtime, the emergency food was served. Fumi Ushida (61), a certified dietitian, explained how to cook the four items, including rice, curry roux. One of the participants said he had the food for the first time. "The curry was unexpectedly delicious. I had an image of the food like the biscuits, but this kind of the emergency food would be satisfactory at the disaster."
A lifesaving course was also offered in the afternoon. The topic was how to use the AED (automatic external defibrillator).
Source: Mainichi Shimbun, Sept. 25, 2008