Disaster Prevention

Japan is a country prone to earthquakes. In recent years, major earthquake events have occurred in several regions of the country and now it is predicted that such a major earthquake is highly likely to hit the Tokai area in the near future. Moreover, due to the recent effects of climate change, natural disasters like typhoons and torrential rains that cause serious storm or flood damages have also been
occurring more frequently in the summertime.
Familiarizing yourself with emergency procedures and evacuation areas is essential for minimizing potential dangers and damages.

(1) Disaster Preparation:

(2) When an Earthquake occurs:

  1. Protect yourself (Hide under a desk/table and cover your head; move to a spot where you will avoid falling objects).
  2. Open a door to secure an exit. (Do not rush outside until the tremors stop.)
  3. If possible, switch off any heaters and gas.
  4. Get the right information from TV, radio, or mobile phone.
  5. Do not use elevators when evacuating.

Earthquake Early Warnings
Just as an earthquake occurs in the epicenter, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issues prompt alert with the estimated seismic intensities and expected arrival time of principal motion. This is done on the basis of the data observed by seismographs near the epicenter.
The warning is provided through the media such as TV, radio or mobile phone. It aims to mitigate earthquake-related damages by allowing countermeasures to avoid danger and enabling people to quickly protect themselves in public transportation, at public facilities, offices, houses and so on.
Earthquake Early Warning System (Japan Metrological Agency)

(3) Typhoons, Heavy Rain, and Flooding

Weather Warnings / Advisories in Aichi (Japan Meteorological Agency)

Disaster Management Office, Nagoya University
Guidelines for Natural Disaster Prevention at Nagoya University

(4) Useful Information about Disaster Prevention

〈Nearest Evacuation Area〉

〈Useful Links〉