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Lessons Learned from the Japan Earthquake: Role of Social Workers in Disaster Preparation. Shiraishi Masanori, Ph.D. Iwate Prefecture . Damaged area by tsunami . Iwate Prefecture . Content of Presentation . Purpose of Study Method Case Study Conclusion. Purpose of Study .
Shiraishi Masanori, Ph.D.
A Magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan on March 11, 2011
After sending out customers outside, he and store manager began to clean up the floor.
After the siren and announcement, they close the shop and move to the high ground even though they didn’t expect that tsunami will really come
After the tsunami, they talked and decided to move to the middle school where set to be assembly point/refuge/shelter in the case of emergency.
Some of the people who were in the same place go back to the city to see their houses.
On the way to the middle school, again he heard the sound and he look back and he saw the 2nd wave coming and was swallowed up the city once again including the high ground where they were just there on a moment ago.
So they run and run. And this was the moment that he convinced he can not go back to daily life.
Of course middle school was quite busy because many people came and some of them got quite injured
But there was no quarrel and most of the people are under in order and discipline.
Not only the neighborhood association, In the same district we have some affiliate groups of neighborhood association like children, youth, woman, elderly ,Volunteer fire department, PTA etc
In the middle school (set to be shelter), all these groups were doing their tasks under the instruction of chair of neighborhood association.
rice ball, is a Japanese food made from white rice formed into triangular or oval shapes and often wrapped in nori (seaweed)
At this time there are many information and rumors about what has happened and the situation of their cities and towns.
In high school there was recruitment of volunteers by the neighborhood association.
Registration was to check the people who newly come and correspondence to the people’s complain like hunger or illness.
And above all, disaster will badly affect person’s physical and mental condition.
Can you wake up for three straight days? Can you run/walk long distance without any food or water?
They moved to middle school because this middle school was set as assembly point or evacuation area in case of emergency