Disaster preparedness in midwinter: stay-overnight-experience program

The participants experience stay-overnight in a shelter in a junior high school in preparing for the time of a disaster in Yokosuka-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture.
(photo: http://news.kanaloco.jp/)

January 20, 2013

The program to offer overnight-stay experience in midwinter against a disaster, which is sponsored by the Yokosuka Disaster Volunteer Network (YDVN) and NPO Yokosuka International Communications Association, is carried out from January 19 in the gymnasium of the Yokosuka municipal Shinmyo junior high school.

About 100 participants aged 6-74 mainly from Yokoshuka-shi, including foreigners and persons with disabilities, are wrapped up in a sleeping-bag on a mat on the cold floor and spend a night in the gymnasium.

This program is the 15th anniversary this year since the Kobe Earthquake in 1995. The Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 has increased concern further and the number of participants swells more than two times.

Every year, the program contents are updated. Although the signing volunteer escorted for Deaf/deaf persons till last year, the board with a message "a meal is served by the numerical order of a food ticket" and "it is time to sleep," etc. is used to urge them to be self-reliant this year.

The YDVN staff said, "We indeed assume that persons with disabilities and sick persons come certainly to a shelter. It is important to check how to cover these people as a future issue."

City International Affairs Division has joined since five years ago, urging the foreigners to participate in the program.

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