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Disaster Prevention Workshop Thinking from the Perspective of Self-help

JEN hold a disaster prevention workshop thinking from the perspective of self-help with the cooperation of Marumori Machi Disaster Prevention Section, Tateyama town planning center, and student volunteers from Tohoku University on February 22, 2020. JEN invited Mr. Akihiro SHIBAYAMA, an associate professor of International Research Institute of Disaster Science in Tohoku University, as a speaker.

27 members of residents reflected on how they behave when Typhoon Hagibis hit and learned how to research disaster information, the timeline, and the hazard map. Each participant understood the dangerous spots by drawing lines from their houses to the evacuation center and considered safer way to evacuate through this workshop. Moreover, they learned how to use the evacuation planning by a time series in preparation for the disaster.


Participants received explanation with materials for the timeline and the hazard map.


They reflected the three days, before typhoon, the day typhoon hit, and after typhoon passed over by a time series.


They drew lines from their houses to the evacuation center.

In recent years, supporting people in need of help in the disaster situation is becoming a serious issue in Marumori-machi. Therefore, we asked opinions of people who have family members with handicaps about the necessity of making the evacuation center that people with handicaps can use at ease and the importance that the community residents support people who need a help.

In a question and answer session, a problem that residents could not evacuate even they attempted to go there because the evacuation center was located in the area which may be flooded at the early stage was mentioned. As the answer, the speaker explained that the evacuation center will be reconsidered and they can use the regional evacuation centers under the cooperation agreement among Kakuda-shi, Marumori-machi, Watari-cho, and Yamamoto-cho.


The participants discussed the way to verify the river water level.


Every participant reflected their own behavior and clarified some improvement and points in question.


They wrote the areas affected by Typhoon Hagibis in the map.

JEN will continue to support the residents to acquire knowledge of preparation for disaster through disaster prevention workshops.


February 25, 2020 in Tohoku earthquake |


The Review Meeting of Disaster prevention System of Typhoon Hagibis in 2019

There are 248 households in Kōya area, Marumori-town. Kōya area has the risk of landslide caused by heavy rain constantly due to their mountainous landscape. Furthermore, people who need a help such as elderly people and people with disabilities need to be supported by family and the local community, because 47% of the residents are senior citizens.


As many as 60 people including observers discussed, though the meeting was held on Saturday.

In the review meeting of Typhoon Hagibis in 2019 on January 25, 2020, staff members of the Koya town planning center, the ward mayors, the welfare workers, the volunteer firefighters, the police officer, and the executives of organization of Koya self-government who engaged in disaster response to Typhoon Hagibis reflected their behavior.


Mr. Ōtsuki, the director-general of Kōya town planning center explained the purpose of the meeting.


The members of the volunteer fire department reflected their rescue operations.

Many of suggestions which were mentioned by participants were about making local residents be conscious of importance to evacuate at an early stage. The participants also realized that they must not assume that their own houses would be saved from the past experiences and they should behave with bearing in mind the importance of updating the knowledge and it may rain heavily than they expect.


In the group of ward mayors, the opinion that it would be possible to obtain earlier the list of people in need of help was mentioned.


In the group of executives, there were many comments about their behavior of that day of Typhoon.

As the specific plans after this review meeting, some suggestions are proposed that they hold the workshop at government, prepare the evacuation plans for each household, and discuss with community to set the evacuation criteria before the next season of Typhoon.


They took a picture all together after the review meeting.

JEN will continue to support to organize the workshop and invite the speaker to make the residents implement the improvement plans easily.

February 7, 2020 in Tohoku earthquake |


Update of wintering support for people affected by the earthquake in Mirpur district, Kashmir province

During last week, JEN continued organizing coordination meeting and shared result of beneficiary selection (identification and registration) and NFI (non-food item) distribution plan with provincial government. We also hired new members and all staffs are working hard in the field.

For the winterized tent, initially the plan was to distribute for 550 households. Though, the needs of this item was extremely high and therefore coordinated with other aid organizations, conducted urgent meeting with assistant governor and agreed to distribute another 90 tents.

By the previous week, beneficiary selection for all 640 households were completed and 410 winterized tents were distributed. Including the previous progress, 480 households in total received tents and NFI items. In addition, 6 female volunteers from the community joined us and supported JEN’s field team for beneficiary selection.


On the other hand, our preliminary assessment showed that many people, regardless of gender, are having psychological distress due to the damage of house, family/friends, livestock and loss of other resources. To respond this situation, we started psychosocial support from last week. Our psychologist conducted visits to household and distribution venue to identify people having anxiety for reestablish their life from earthquake damage.

On 4th February, we completed distribution of winterized tents and NFI items to the remaining 160 households, and reached 640 households in total. The next activity will be the monitoring of usage for the distributed item.

JEN highly appreciate your continuously support.







February 5, 2020 in Pakistan |