Emergencies during daily lifeEmergencies during daily life

If you experience an earthquake:
Please follow the procedures for evacuation shown in the flow chart below.
Please follow the instructions in this chart if a major earthquake occurs and you are not sure whether or not to evacuate.

If you experience an earthquake

Useful tips to protect yourself from an disaster Useful tips to protect yourself
from an disaster

Earthquake Early Warnings

Earthquake Early WarningsThis system detects signs of a massive earthquake and automatically informs news media, mobile phone users, and others of an imminent earthquake before the quake actually starts. If an alarm is sounded when you are watching television or are in a public facility, you should immediately get under a desk or table or move to where no objects will fall on you. Read more

Evacuation shelters

Evacuation sheltersIf your hotel has collapsed or is about to collapse, you should seek refuge at the nearest evacuation shelter. There you can receive food and water and also use the restrooms, as well as find a place to sleep and get the latest disaster information. So make sure that you go to a shelter; it is free and available for travelers as well.

Safety of buildings

Safety of buildingsIn principle, many of the public buildings and other new buildings are constructed to resist earthquakes to a certain extent. If you experience an earthquake and recklessly run out of the building, objects may full on you. For that reason, it is sometimes safer to stay in the building. If you are uneasy, you should confirm with the people around you whether or not the building you are in is safe.

Useful tools and information to protect yourself from an disaster Useful tools and information to protect yourself
from an disaster

Here we introduce websites with helpful tools to provide information to foreigners at times of disasters, and websites posting disaster prevention information. Please visit each website and confirm the details to expand your knowledge regarding disaster prevention and prepare yourself for any disaster.

Google Person Finder
This system enables you to confirm the safety of your family members or friends when you become unable to communicate with them.

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)
The included links will take you to information that may be useful should something unexpected happen while you are in Japan.

Earthquake Survival Manual (PDF)
In order to prepare for future earthquakes and disasters, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has released an Earthquake Survival Manual that is available on its website. This manual provides information that is helpful during disasters, in both Japanese and English. It contains information such as safety precautions for earthquakes, procedures to be followed in case of fire, emergencies, and evacuation, how to collect information at times of disaster, institutions to consult with and checklists to prepare for earthquakes. Please take the opportunity to read this manual.

Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA)
This website contains an easy-to-understand explanation on how to prepare for earthquakes and respond if an earthquake occurs.

Tokyo International Communication Committee
Comprehensive living guide for foreign residents in Japan


Information on medical institutions and medical cares

Tokyo Metropolitan Medical Institution Information
You can search for the locations and services of medical institutions in Tokyo.

AMDA International Medical Information Center
AMDA is an organization offering medical information to foreign residents in Japan in their native languages. Telephone interpretation services are available for the following languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, Tagalog and Thai.

Communication cardsCommunication cards

Please use this cards in case you need to communicate with Japanese people nearby.

If a disaster strikes Asking about the safety of the present location After evacuation(1)
If a disaster strikes Asking about the safety of the present location After evacuation(1)
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After evacuation(2) Medical treatment Foreign language information
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