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Mutual aid means a lot to prolonged life as evacuees

The disaster-stricken areas are now in the midst of the second winter since the disaster. Victims' temporary housing was winterized during the last winter, and it's anticipated that their life as evacuees will prolong. JEN is working on fostering and strengthening the relationships based on "the spirit of mutual aid" among people living in the same housing complex, through joint drills in evacuation and preparing meals outdoors with temporary housing residents' association.

【Lifesaving drill at the Asahikasei housing complex on December 14】


Residents received trainings for initial response in case of emergency such as how to use AED, do artificial respiration and so forth. They understand the importance of preparations on a routine basis and so they focused on what they were doing.

【On December 2, a drill in preparing meals outdoors】

There are quite a few large-scale housing complexes inhabited by over 100 families in the city of Ishinomaki, but Arata housing complex is rather a small-scale one way outside the city with fifteen families moved in from different regions. One of mothers of young children who were worried about disaster preparedness said "We may be forced to be isolated, if a disaster occurs again." Within the city of Isinomaki, still 6,946 families of 16,305 victims are forced to live in temporary housing (as of December 2012). There has been little change in that number since victims started living. JEN is now in the process of providing the same trainings for other temporary housing complex through coordinating with its association.


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