Every community in Japan has an established system for earthquake preparedness. It is important to understand the disaster-prevention system in your area, including the precautions to take beforehand so that you and your family are fully prepared. Also, there are some basic rules for what to do during and after an earthquake. The information presented here may help to save your life.
If an earthquake strikes, your local government will initiate rescue operations, including the provision of food and drinking water for those who need it. Schools or other public buildings will be used as shelters for people whose homes or neighborhoods are unsafe. Please visit your town or ward office at your earliest convenience to obtain information about disaster shelters and evacuation routes, so you will know where to go if there is an earthquake.