Earthquake Preparation Fair focuses on safety
Fleet Activities (FLEACT), Yokosuka conducted its annual Earthquake Preparation Fair for the base community at the James D. Kelly Fleet Recreation Center, Dec. 11.
After the Great East Japan Earthquake, there has been an increase in disaster-plan training and preparation.
FLEACT, Yokosuka leadership wish to express how extremely important it is for Sailors and their families to know what the base is doing to protect and provide information and services that may lead to saving someone’s life.
“The potential for an earthquake to occur in Japan is higher than in most parts of the world and this is why it’s so important for our community to attend these awareness fairs,” said Commander, Navy Region Japan (CNRJ) Regional Fire Chief Russell Tarver. “The participation observed today was encouraging, and each organization here has equipped the public with information vital to effective emergency measures that should be taken during natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis.”
The fire department plays a huge part during disasters like earthquakes, but it is by far not the only service provided to support those who are a part of the FLEACT, Yokosuka community.
Organizations present with available information were the FLEACT, Yokosuka Emergency Management Office, Housing, Training and Readiness, Naval Supply Systems Command, Fleet Logistics Center, Fleet and Family Services Center, Safety, American Red Cross, Department of Defense Dependents Schools, Veterinary Clinic, U.S. Navy Hospital Yokosuka and the CNRJ Fire Department.
The City of Yokosuka showcased one of the services they provide called the Disaster Prevention Information Email Service. It broadcasts emergency weather information such as storm and flood warnings through, approximately, 400 speakers positioned throughout the entire community.
Service members and families who reside off base can rely on FLEACT, Yokosuka Housing office to provide information for shelters throughout the area arranged to meet the demands of those who are in need.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Earthquake Survival Manual provided further instructions on what to do during an earthquake, such as, turning off gas and oil heaters in your homes, to watching out for falling rocks, landslides and tsunamis.
The main attraction during the event was the Commander, Naval Forces Japan Quake Cottage 8.0 Magnitude Earthquake Simulation mobile machine.
The purpose of the Quake Cottage was to show on a personal level the need to proactively assess and secure various items in homes, schools and workplaces.
Inside the Quake Cottage, the machine simulated major earthquakes while demonstrating the usefulness and advantages of using the best earthquake fasteners for cabinets, furniture, flat screen TVs, lab equipment, office equipment, refrigerators, cabinet doors and more.
“The earthquake simulation machine was fun and interesting to ride in,” said Satoshi Takahashi, a base Master Labor Contract worker. “In the wake of the 3/11 disaster, of course being in an earthquake is not fun at all, but this machine gives you the extra sense that we all need to be prepared properly if and when an earthquake occurs.”
If Sailors and their families wish to seek more information, they should contact the FLEACT, Yokosuka Emergency Management Office at 243-1714 and the Safety Office at 243-7314 for more detailed instructions for earthquake preparation.