NDRC’s first exhibition booth – 20th Annual Conference of Japanese Association of Disaster Medicine –


Visitors to the booth

Visitors to the booth

The Red Cross Nuclear Disaster Resource Center (NDRC) had its first exhibition booth at the 20th Annual Conference of Japanese Association Disaster Medicine held from February 26 to 28, 2015.

At the booth, we introduced our nuclear disaster preparedness efforts with a demonstration of the Digital Archives. At the same time, we also introduced the activities the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) Fukushima Chapter conducted in regard to medical relief during the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident (Fukushima Daiichi accident) and the recovery from the disaster.
A total number of 2,300 participants visited the venue during the annual conference.
Many people visited our booth which was set up at the entrance hall on the second floor of the building. We were able to show videos of our activities and the Fukushima Chapter’s activities in assisting with the recovery, and our Digital Archives.
The participants who visited our booth asked many questions and gave us opinions about the JRCS’s activities during the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and the Fukushima Daiichi accident, and creation of "(Tentative) Guidelines for Red Cross Activities during Nuclear Disasters" (which is one of our main activities).
The exhibition booth allowed us to introduce our Digital Archives to more medical/relief personnel and disseminate information on nuclear disasters, which is one of the purposes of the NDRC’s establishment.

We would like to express our appreciation to Dr. Hisayoshi Kondo, (Head of the Education & Training National Disaster Medical Center and a member of our guidelines committee as well as the secretariat chief for the 20th Annual Conference) for allowing our exhibition booth.

Voices from visitors to our booth

We would like to share some comments from the visitors to our booth:

JRCS staff explaining the activities to visitors

JRCS staff explaining the activities to visitors

Participant A:
I find what the JRCS is doing for nuclear disaster preparedness is great, including the creation of guidelines. DMATs share the same view as the JRCS’s that relief teams were not able to provide enough relief activities during the disaster due to the effects from radiation. However, unlike the JRCS, we have not taken any concrete actions such as development of guidelines. We would like to consult the JRCS efforts.

Participant B:
Our hospital is designated as a disaster relief core hospital, but we have no department for psychiatry or psychosomatic medicine. We hope to learn how the JRCS provides psychological care and educates the staff.

Participant C:
I heard that some relief teams deployed in the affected areas after the earthquake and tsunami had communication difficulties due to the local dialects spoken in the areas which made it hard for the relief teams to provide medical relief. So, I would like to know how JRCS relief teams coped with the possibility of such miscommunication at that time.


NDRC booth

NDRC booth

1. NDRC’s activities and Digital Archives

A video introducing the JRCS activities during the Fukushima Daiichi accident, background of the NDRC establishment and the Digital Archives
(Duration: about 4 min.)

Video shown at the booth

2. Panels introducing the NDRC’s activities

Panel 1: Nuclear Disaster Response and Preparedness by the JRCS [PDF]
The panel chronologically shows the JRCS efforts.

Panel 2: Following the lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi accident …[PDF]
The panel introduces nuclear disaster seminars and training sessions held after the establishment of the NDRC.

Panel 3: NDRC Digital Archives[PDF]
The panel shows the NDRC Digital Archives.