Fukushima Disaster Prevention Fair 2016

2016/11/07


A lot of families visited the venue.

A lot of families visited the venue.

On October 15 and 16, 2016, the Fukushima Disaster Prevention Fair 2016 was held at Shikinosato (Village of Four Seasons) in Fukushima City. In order to cooperate in facilitating the recovery of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and working on disaster prevention, the Fukushima Prefecture and the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) had signed a “Joint Declaration regarding Revitalization and Disaster Preparedness” and concluded an agreement to operationalize the declaration. This event was planned according to the declaration and agreement. The event was designed for families with small children in order to provide them with an opportunity to see and learn about disaster prevention because they have few such opportunities. The Fukushima Prefecture, the Japanese Red Cross (JRC) Fukushima Chapter and a working committee for the fair organized and held this event for the first time.

An autumn festival organized by the Village of Four Seasons also took place concurrently at the same venue and more than 10,000 people visited the venue over two days. Many families tried various disaster-prevention programs.


Opening ceremony.

Opening ceremony.

During the opening ceremony, Mr. Nozaki, the chairperson for the fair and the Secretary General of the JRC Fukushima Chapter, and Mr. Kikori, Director General of Risk Management Department, Fukushima Prefecture, gave remarks. Mr. Nozaki said in his remarks that “we hope you to look at various exhibitions about disaster prevention today to think about what we should do to protect our lives in the event of a disaster. I think that this is a very good opportunity. We never know when and where a disaster occurs. This is what we actually experienced. It is important to prevent disasters and reduce the damage as much as possible if we are affected by a disaster. We would be glad if the exhibitions and programs helped you to think about what you should do to protect your lives, your family’s lives and your neighbors’ lives from disasters and use the take-home messages in your own lives.”

At the JRC Fukushima Chapter booth, the Red Cross facilities located in Fukushima Prefecture provided programs that they prepared or planned together. Some of the programs included provision of JRCS First Aid Course and Child Safety Course, exhibition of relief supplies, equipment and materials, exhibition of a DMAT* car, panel exhibition of JRCS relief activities during the Kumamoto Earthquake, exhibition of a JRCS first aid station and provision of a program for children to learn about blood donation on a bloodmobile. In addition, Ms. Kasumi Mougi, a member of AKB48 Team 8 (a group of Japanese idol girls), who is from Fukushima Prefecture and appointed by the JRC Fukushima Blood Center as a supporter to encourage blood donation in Fukushima Prefecture, showed up at the event wearing a JRCS relief team uniform. She had a talk show on stage with the event visitors about disaster preparedness, joined a JRCS First Aid Course and then encouraged blood donation. She enlivened the mood at the venue.


A family experiencing JRCS Child Safety
Course.

Exhibition of a JRCS first aid station.

Exhibition of JRCS relief supplies, equipment
and materials.

Reception by Junior Red Cross volunteers for
a children’s program to learn about blood donation.

A family experiencing JRCS Child Safety Course.

Exhibition of a JRCS first aid station.

Exhibition of JRCS relief supplies, equipment and materials.

Reception by Junior Red Cross volunteers for a children’s program to learn about blood donation.

Programs by other groups included demonstrations and display of equipment and materials which are used in the event of a disaster. The groups also prepared ready-to-eat meals and brown rice, canned bread and other disaster meals. Not only do these meals last for a long time, but they are also focused on taste. About 20 types of new disaster meals were prepared for the visitors in order to vote for the best taste. Another talk show was also held to encourage the visitors to think about disaster prevention at home.

* Disaster Medical Assistance Team