For Singaporeans who are based in Japan, there are several things you can do in advance to ensure that you are sufficiently prepared for a major crisis. Here is a check-list of “To-Do” items:
- E-register with the embassy and you will be assigned to an Emergency Contact Network (ECN) group.
- Check out the nearest earthquake assembly point and evacuation routes as determined by your ward office.
- If you are living at a coastal area, find out the shortest route to an elevated area or assembly point.
- Participate in emergency or earthquake drills organised by the local ward or municipal office.
- Enquire your company or school about evacuation procedures.
- If you have young children, ask your child’s school or child-care centre about the evacuation procedures and important contact details.
- Prepare for each member of your family an emergency survival kit which could include essential items like flashlight, food and water for a few days, important documents and copies of your passport/Identification Card, first aid kit, etc.
- Prepare a list of useful contact numbers which you can keep in your wallet or bag and in the emergency survival kit.
- Familiarise yourself with the local transport network and access to the nearest domestic and/or international airport.
We welcome any suggestions on how Singaporeans living in Japan can better prepare themselves for an emergency. Please email us your suggestions.