Message from Fukushima Vice Governor
At the timing of the 1st anniversary, Mr. Fumio Murata, Vice Governor of Fukushima Prefecture, offered his message to the JRCS who has been providing assistance activities since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
JRCS First Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Session
The training session was part of the JRCS efforts to enhance its nuclear emergency preparedness following the lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake. The training was provided for physicians, nurses, radiological technologits and staff of Japanese Red Cross hospitals and chapters. 17 physicians and radiological technologits who took part in the meeting held on August 26 and 27 served as instructors at the training session. The training participants learned knowledge and skills for relief activities under a nuclear disaster.
Meeting for Medical Personnel of Japanese Red Cross Radiation Emergency Hospitals
The Japanese Red Cross Society called relevant medical personnel of Japanese Red Cross radiation emergency hospitals into a meeting to discuss roles of the hospitals and collaboration arrangements among them. They also discussed content of a planned basic training session for reponse to nuclear disasters. (Meeting period: August 26 and 27, 2014)
The Third Reference Group Meeting on Nuclear & Radiological Emergency Preparedness in Fukushima
The Japanese Red Cross Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies co-hosted The Third Reference Group Meeting on Nuclear & Radiological Emergency Preparedness in Fukushima from October 27 to October 30, 2014. The details of the meeting will be released on the Digital Archives later.
The JRCS signed an agreement with Fukushima Future Center for Regional Revitalization of Fukushima University.
On October 8, 2014, the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) signed a partnership agreement with Fukushima Future Center for Regional Revitalization (FURE) of Fukushima University, on assistance for reconstruction in Fukushima. The JRCS has been providing assistance activities for reconstruction after the earthquake. The agreement is aimed at working on those activities more in Fukushima.
First Anniversary of Resource Center
As of October 2014, the Red Cross Nuclear Disaster Resource Center (“the NDRC”) has marked its 1st anniversary. The lessons learned from experiences after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident made the JRCS strongly feel the necessity to respond to nuclear disasters. Thus, the JRCS began to create the “Guidelines for Red Cross Relief Activities during Nuclear Disasters” to prepare for possible future nuclear emergencies. The NDRC has also been posting information about nuclear disasters on the Digital Archives.
Development of “(Tentative) Guidelines for Red Cross Activities during Nuclear Disasters” and Establishment of a Committee of Experts for the Guidelines
When the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) conducted relief activities immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake, they faced constraints in Fukushima due to a lack of code of conduct and safety standards regarding radiation levels. In addition, we did not have enough information regarding nuclear disasters at that time. Based on lessons learned from the experience, the JRCS decided to prepare “(Tentative) Guidelines for Red Cross Activities during Nuclear Disasters”.
A JRCS’ presentation on an IAEA meeting
Dr. Yoichi Watanabe, vice president of the Fukushima Red Cross Hospital, gave a presentation in the International Experts' Meeting on severe accident management of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Accident, hosted by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna.
Renewal of the Archives
The Red Cross Nuclear Disaster Resource Center added new features to the Archives.
A JRCS’ presentation on an IAEA meeting
At an international meeting held on March 17 to March 20, 2014 hosted by IAEA, Dr. Yoichi Watanabe, vice president of the Fukushima Red Cross Hospital, will give a presentation on the JRCS' response to the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Accident.